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Spring is in the air, but not in the ground yet

Real Estate Agent with Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 PA License - AB067198

Ahhh, Spring is in the air. Yes, the winter doldrums are leaving, warm weather is here. Well it was yesterday, not so much today!

We get so encouraged to rush out and buy plants to fill our beds around our homes and brighten up our curb appeal. But, it can be a costly mistake if you plant to early.


Whilst we get some warm days, we spent yesterday afternoon at Longwood Gardens enjoying seeing the cherry trees and magnolias in bloom. Everywhere you looked there was evidence of life, flowers beginning to bloom and brighten the landscape. We even sat at a table and enjoyed some minutes soaking up the sun. it was amazing how busy it was.

Of course, you go home and think, let's get planting, but most plants cannot take a frost. And really until much later the threat of a frost is real and those plants will suffer. I noticed this morning that the roofs had frost on them and a distinct chill was in the air, especially where you were exposed to any wind.

Where we have  moved it is very windy, I never knew that to be the case, but it literally howls around the houses and chills the air, you definitely feel the wind effect on the temperature.

Generally a good rule of thumb is to wait till Mother's Day in our area, the Philadelphia Main Line, Chester County and the Brandywine Valley. By then any risk of a frost is past and you will not lose those plants in which you have invested your money.

So, stay patient, it is just a few more weeks and you can then get planting. Remember, annuals provide a great quick pop of color whilst perennials will come back again and again, but may need more time to get established. Good luck and enjoy your yard and garden.

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Nick Vandekar
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Phyllis Ross
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Realtor Central Kansas Residential Sales

Delightful information Nick! Thank you for sharing. Have a magnificent day and a very blessed week.

Mar 27, 2023 12:33 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Rule of thumb for me is good Friday, so getting very close my "go buy the plants day". However with good Friday falling early April this year it will probably put me a couple of week later because braves opening day is my oldest Grandson's birthday and we're all going to the ball park.

Mar 27, 2023 01:22 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Tammy Lankford, you have a warmer zone, we can still get frosts, so we have to remind ourselves continually to be patient even when it feels really warm on a sunny day. 

Mar 27, 2023 01:50 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nick, in Denver it is best to wait until after Mother's Day, and we STILL might get a freeze.    I have chives coming up, but got snow 3 times in the last few days.

Mar 27, 2023 02:06 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Nick,

Good advice for your area. We can plant earlier and I planted my pots, trimmed bushes and Spring is definitely more than in the air in Austin.

Mar 27, 2023 04:28 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Nick- I remember when we moved to Northern VA. I'd never lived in the north before!  It was the first time I planted bulbs in my flower beds. I was so excited when they started poking their colorful heads up through the soil. 

Mar 27, 2023 07:44 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I do get antsy around spring time.  We love to work in the yard.  We have the opposite going on here in Arizona, though.  We have to start a little early to beat the heat.

Mar 27, 2023 08:49 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nick depends where you live, Spring is here now four out of seven days in Los Angeles, Endre

Mar 27, 2023 09:35 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Nick - nature doesn't necessarily use a calendar.  Happy Planting (whenever it happens).  

Mar 28, 2023 03:57 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Nick... all our spring flowers like tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, etc. bloomed here some weeks ago. Now it's time to what for the azalea bushes to "pop."

Mar 28, 2023 04:20 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

We can't plant our frost-affected plants until Memorial Day - we have a very short growing season here.

Mar 28, 2023 05:01 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love seeing all the beauty that comes from Spring but I am smart enough to know that planting things myself is not a good idea, haha.

Mar 28, 2023 05:49 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Joan Cox the plants here seem confused, we are still getting very cold nights, but the cherry trees, forsythia and even magnolias are all in bloom.

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I like the seasons, but do enjoy warmer weather, just not too hot.

Kathy Streib we did not get any bulbs into the ground last year, hopefully this year we will get things organized and laid out.

Ray Henson we all have different challenges which is what makes it interesting.

Endre Barath, Jr. with all the rain you have had, you will probably get a great display this year.

Mar 28, 2023 06:32 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Michael Jacobs we all have to listen to nature and adapt to the changes.

Nina Hollander, Broker lots of things are starting to pop here even with the cold nights. But azaleas are generally a little later depending which way they face.

Kat Palmiotti that is challenging, not sure I would like that.

Brian England always good to know oneself.

Mar 28, 2023 06:34 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

We too do not have any blooms springing up yet Nick. Here too, Mother's weekend we see all the crowds at the garden centers!

Mar 28, 2023 07:25 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Nick, I keep thinking we are in Spring but in for snow again on Friday and north of us got 10 inches of snow on Monday about 1 hour away.


Mar 28, 2023 07:29 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice to share. Planting too early can lead to disappointments.

It is good to see that you are enjoying Longwood Gardens.

Mar 28, 2023 09:28 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I stick to pansies and primroses during this time - they are very satisfying to see on a cold morning when nothing else is smiling back at me! 

Mar 29, 2023 02:10 PM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Yes Nick it can be a costly mistake around here to plant too early.  April 15 is the number I remember from growing up in this area, but it varies.  This year at least it seems the Magnolia tree blossoms are not getting hit with too much cold and turning brown prematurely.  It is a wonderful time of year!

Mar 29, 2023 04:40 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 we used to go visit Jenkins Arboretum on Mothers Day, a family tradition as this was a good weekend to see all the azaleas in bloom.

Will Hamm all I can say is Brrrrrrr!!!!

Roy Kelley we are enjoying Longwood, every trip we see different things.

Lise Howe some of our neighbors have gone that route and it is nice to see the punch of color.

Gloria Todor I am always surprised at the magnolias flowering so early and then a frost and they all turn brown and drop their flowers, such a shame. I did see a couple of trees at Valley Forge starting to open up, a pink and white/yellow.

Mar 30, 2023 08:08 AM
Gloria Todor

Nick, you are so lucky to be near the park!  I grew up not too far from there and have such fond memories of spending time there with my father and siblings.  Not sure if there are still many dogwoods in the park? Enjoy!!

Mar 30, 2023 06:19 PM