Dandelions growing in NE Moncton, 13 May 2017 (Dearing)
The dandelions are out in full force as Southeast New Brunswick welcomed a beautiful, sunny day following a cold, grey and rainy week.
The normal high in Greater Moncton for mid-May is 17 C and temperatures didn’t even reach 10 C for two days in a row.
Rainfall has already reached 87 mm and the normal monthly total is 93 mm.
Forecasters are calling for 20-30 mm rain early next week thanks to another low pressure system.
It’s mid-November in Southeast New Brunswick, so it’s not surprising to see a few snow flakes mixed with rain showers.
It is a stark reminder of what is to come with the official start of winter only a month away.
Nonetheless, I’ve spotted dandelions popping up on lawns again and even my potted petunias are coming back to life.
Dandelions in NE Moncton, 16 May 2015 (Dearing)
They are a bit late this spring but dandelions have finally begun showing their little yellow heads in Southeast New Brunswick.
Although it often takes a while, I am always amazed at how quickly the transition is from winter to spring in Greater Moncton.
Over the past week, lawns have become much greener, trees are sprouting buds and even leaves and numerous seasonal flowers such as tulips and daffodils have made a sudden appearance.
And in five weeks, it will be officially summer!
NE Moncton, 27 April 2014 (Dearing)
Greater Moncton finally lost its official season snow cover on 18 April but some snow piles have lingered including a snow mountain in front of my home.
Yesterday, 26 April, the huge pile officially melted away under a beautiful sunny sky and a near seasonal 10 C.
Today, a bone-chilling rain has at least managed to bring back some green grass and even a few dandelions!
Dandelion in Moncton, 23 April 2013 (Facebook)
Ah yes, the dandelion may be among the most dreaded weeds we have in New Brunswick but seeing one means that spring must be here.
Also this week in my Moncton neighbourhood, I’ve been hearing the peepers (frogs) in the evening which is another sure sign the season is now in full swing.
Daffodils in downtown Moncton, 20 April 2012
Spring has sprung and so have the daffodils in Greater Moncton!
Daffodils are among the earliest flowering plants in New Brunswick and it’s great to see them back again.
Crocuses have already been up for several weeks now and so has the dreaded dandelion – but it didn’t make its first appearance on my lawn until a few days ago!
A farmer I spoke to this week said that virtually “everything” is about two weeks earlier than usual due to the warm spring weather in New Brunswick.
Dandelions in NE Moncton, NB, 13 Dec 2011 (Dearing photo)
Dandelions are known to be pretty hardy plants (OK weeds) but in mid-December in Moncton?
I was surprised to see so many dandelions on my lawn today so late in the fall – afterall winter officially arrives in only nine days.
Today’s daytime high of 5.0 C (yesterday’s high was also 5.0 C), is another reminder that Mother Nature is not yet ready for Old Man Winter.
Dandelion spotted in Moncton, 03 Dec 2011 (TWN)
Normally dandelions are among the first flowering plants (OK, weeds) of spring in New Brunswick – typically spotted in March.
But to have one pop up in December (see above) would indicate that Mother Nature thinks it’s already spring – so does this mean we’ve bypassed winter altogether?
Not quite but with daytime highs hovering near 14 C in Moncton today and 9 C yesterday (normal high is 1 C), you can understand why plants seem a bit confused.
UPDATE – Seven communities in New Brunswick set new record highs for this date with the hotspot being Bouctouche at 13.7 C.