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Old 02-21-2011, 01:28 AM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Driving on the southwest side of town today I was very surprised to look over and see some of the "early budding" trees already getting leaves!! I think they were Elm or some type of Oak, but its way too early for us (extreme northeast Tennessee - around 1500 ft elevation)!

We normally dont see this until mid March (but have seen this as early as mid-late Feb before), but the recent warm spell has everything "waking up". Normally by mid April things really start popping and by late April, all trees have leaves and in full sprout, but we are barely out of mid February... I think these things are setting themselves up for a death, as I dont think our big cold snaps are over. Our average low is still around the lower 30s for this date and I am sure we will see more unusually cold outbreaks. Alot of flower coming up as well... tulips, crocus, etc, but this is not as unusual, as we normally see this in late February anyway.

Anyone else seeing really earlier than normal sprouting of some trees?
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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Didn't you hear, Punxsutawney Phil indicated an early warm up this year...
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Puposky MN
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Seeing nothing green here yet, except an occasional patch of dead grass.

Well, maybe a little green...with jealousy for you seeing those early buds!
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Yep...I noticed this past weekend that some of the trees are trying to bud out, and the Easter lillies, and some other Spring flowers are coming out of the ground.
We are in Southeastern TN.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:49 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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im in ct, so nothing realy advancing yet but my honeysuckle vine and the iris are looking like there thinking about waking up soon.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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We had over a foot of snow on the ground until a few days ago. It warmed up, the snow melted, and my tulips sprouted 3 days ago. Less than 24 hours after the snow melted from where they are. Silly tulips! How does that layer of ice that is accumulating right now feel?
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:31 PM
 
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Yup, no leaves yet but some of the trees are just starting to break their buds. This is on the other side of the mountains from you in WNC.

I did see my first lady bug this morning in the yard. They've been gone all winter and now the first one has shown up. Is this an indication that Spring has arrived?
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Buffalo, New York
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There are trees here that I have seen starting to bud Buffalo. We had a warm up that melted all the snow and had a few days in the 40s and 50s. Then it dropped below freezing and snowed again. This week it may go back into the 40s and then drop below freezing and snow... again. My crocuses and snowflakes are coming up and I have snow drops starting to flower. It seems like an odd February here.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:11 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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The magnolias and camelias are out here, and the azaleas aren't far behind. Buds can be seen on all the trees, if you look closely. Such a lovely respite from winter.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:13 PM
 
Location: AL for now
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Default Saw a budding tree today

Not sure what it was... had about 5 white/pink flowers about the size of a nickel. The rest of the tree was bare branches. With the winter we've had here, I can't blame the trees if they have spring fever, too!
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