Flowering Plants in Winter

Q: Two weeks ago we saw flowering magnolia, quince, Forest Pansy redbud and Okame cherry in bloom. What’s going to happen to these plants in the spring?

A: It will be interesting. I expect flowering on these plants will be less than normal this spring. I’m not happy to report that the terminal buds on my common hydrangea were open and elongated in early January before cold weather returned. They are now brown and shriveled. These are the buds that produce flowering stems. Although there will be plenty of leaves on my hydrangeas, I predict blooms will be sparse next summer.

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