Karl Foord - Extension Educator, Horticulture
Minnesota definitely offers us weather variability. And although we may remember last year's early spring it is often difficult to compare a memory with a memory in the making. To this I offer the following two photographs of buds from the same 'Autumn Blaze' maple tree (Acer freemanii 'Jeffsred'). The picture to the left was taken last year on March 29th. As you can see the samaras with whirligig characteristics permitting the seeds to move away from the parent tree have already started to form.
Contrast this with the picture to the right taken this year on April 30th. The bud is just beginning to break and this picture was taken a month later than the previous. And snow is predicted for tomorrow in many parts of the state. Mercy.