They are thinking winter is over," he said.
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At the same time, Cappiello notes that native beach, oak and maple trees don't seem to be budding out yet. They know better, having evolved over thousands of years, to hold out for a longer cold period before bursting forth with new growth. That's generally the case with native wildflowers, too, and non-native plants that come from regions with very similar conditions, he added.
Nature's response to the crazy weather makes for some good conversation. "We do what everybody else does," he said. "We watch."
There are few other options. But there are consequences.
Any buds that open now won't likely survive the winter, which still is expected to produce killer frosts. And Cappiello said he expects a popular flowering bush – big leaf hydrangeas with their large white or blue round flowers – will be in trouble. Their buds are already starting to swell, putting them at risk of freezing. The plants themselves can survive but don't expect as many flowers in the spring, he cautioned.
Cappiello and Carol Wilder, a horticultural technician with the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension, agreed that winter warmth is not unprecedented.
Many winters have had warm spells that cause people to be concerned about their gardens getting crossways with the weather.
But it can mean "we may not have as big of a show (of flowers) in the spring," Wilder said. Since there is nothing people can do about it, they might as well enjoy "the little show now," she added.
At her home, that show includes rose bushes that are still budding and blooming.
Despite its name, the Christmas rose does not normally bloom at Christmas in Kentucky. This one is thanks to recent warm weather. (Photo: PAUL CAPPIELLO/YEW DELL GARDENS)
There also could be a danger to fruit and nut trees. If they get out of sync, whole or partial crops could be lost for a year, she said.
That's what worries David Hayes of Richmond, who grows peach trees.
"This is the third year they've been in trouble," he said. "This past year I think the record cold winter did them in, but I'm not sure. The winter before last, it was a late, hard frost after they had already bloomed. I'm keeping my fingers crossed the weather will get cold again and they'll still bloom in spring, but I'm not holding my breath. The... http://www.courier-journal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2015/12/23/weather-upsets-nature-brings-spring-flowers/77825480/
The Birds of America, is one of the most celebrated works ever published, was traveling by horseback from his home in Henderson, Ky., to Louisville. Audubon stopped his horse when he saw a huge flock of birds coming straight at him. What he witnessed was an incredible spectacle that defies comprehension.
The flock of passenger pigeons swept overhead from one edge of the sky to the other. Audubon later wrote, “The air was literally filled with pigeons. The light of noon-day was obscured as by an eclipse, the dung fell in spots, not unlike melting flakes of snow; and the continued buzz of the wings had a tendency to lull my senses to repose.”
When Audubon arrived in Louisville at the end of the day, the pigeons were still flying overhead. The banks of the Ohio River were crowded with men and boys shooting at the pigeons, with piles of dead pigeons at their feet. The flight continued throughout the night and into the next day and the day after that. Audubon later estimated that the flock was comprised of 1,115,136,000 birds.
The huge flock Audubon observed was not unique. An 1855 report from Columbus, Ohio, described a “growing cloud” that blotted out the sun as it approached the city. “Children screamed and ran for home. Women gathered their long skirts and hurried for the shelter... http://www.qconline.com/opinion/columnists/dan_lee/most-beautiful-flowers-long-gone/article_a230ec30-063e-595f-9a2b-c921eca72fc8.html
And when choosing an elegant display of fresh flowers, the Old Louisville Flower Studio has everything you need.
From custom floral displays and gifts for any occasion to elaborate wedding bouquets and decorations, the Old Louisville Flower Studio specializes in creating beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. And with the holiday season upon us, this local florist invites the community to explore its many offerings at its Annual Holiday Open House December 2 – 4.
Old Louisville Flower Studio’s Annual Holiday Open House
After a temporary move to Louisville’s St. Matthews neighborhood, the Old Louisville Flower Studio has relocated back to its home in historic downtown Louisville. Now located on South Fourth Street, the florist is proud to serve as one of the area’s original local businesses and is eager to show the area all that it offers.
Come explore this unique business at its Annual Holiday Open House Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. as part of the Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour, and Sunday, Dec. 4 from noon – 4 p.m.
Guests of the open house can enjoy an exclus...