Wild weather plays mind games with plants, too

The uncharacteristically warm February this year, followed by a bitter cold March, is confusing plants as well as New Yorkers, according to experts at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.



In February, some plants, like magnolias, were fooled into thinking it was spring. So they began to blossom.



But then it snowed. And then below-freezing temperatures lingered in the borough for weeks.



Those two factors will essentially prevent some buds on the magnolias from blooming this season, although many still will.



Visitors to the botanic garden can see the magnolias and other early blooms.



Other plant species have not yet begun to blossom.


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