Bloom Calendar 2020

Forced Cornus mas twigs (Cornelian Cherry Dogwood)

New year, new beginnings. Starting in 2020, I am keeping track of the blooming times of flowering perennials in New York City. I work mostly in Queens, although my travels often take me into Manhattan and the other boroughs. My goal is to document the first time I see a plant flower, noting the date and place of its bloom. The reason? To internalize bloom sequences in my region!

This year we have an early spring: most plants are about two weeks ahead of schedule. This being said, the sequence of bloom remains the same. For example, Winter Aconite and Crocus bloom first, then Hellebores, Daffodils, and eventually, Tulips. This list is exclusive to the plants that I can see and document, even if another plant may be in bloom somewhere else.

Crocus chrysanthus - Golden Crocus
February 25, 2020





Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry Dogwood)
March 4, 2020



Close-up of Conus mas flowers at Montbellier Playground
March 4, 2020



Helleborus orientalis hybrid (Lenten Rose)
March 4, 2020



Narcissus (DIV 1 - Large Cup Group)
March 4, 2020




Eranthus hyemalis (Winter Aconite)
March 4, 2020




Helleborus orientalis hybrid (Lenten Rose)
March 4, 2020


Helleborus orientalis hybrid (Lenten Rose)
March 4, 2020



Prunus 'Okame' - one of the first cherries to flower in spring
March 6, 2020



Prunus sargentii 'Accolade'  - semi-double flowering
March 6, 2020


Front yard with Crocus chrysanthus (golden crocus)?, Galanthus nivalis  (Snowdrop) and some tiny Narcissus (I'm guessing Tete-a-Tete)
March 6, 2020



Jasminum nudiflorum - Winter Jasmine
This has been blooming for a few weeks now but just documented it today. Winter Jasmine is a Jan-March bloomer, a good ground cover and erosion control plant for slopes. You can see Jasminum nudiflorum off of the Grand Central Parkway in Queens
March 7, 2020


Some early Daffodils (Narcissus). I'm thinking 'Jetfire'
March 8, 2020



Narcissus about to bloom! 
March 8, 2020



Taking scope of this year's Narcissus crop so we know what to order for spring 2021!
March 8, 2020



Iris verticillata, Iris 'Katherine Hodgkins', Crocus chrysanthus (not sure of cultivar)
March 9, 2020


Crocus vernus 
March 9, 2020


First Forsythia x intermedia blooms!
March 9, 2020



Someone did a ripe pruning job on this Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'
But the flowers are still beautiful and fragrant!
March 11, 2020

Not sure what this shrub is! Need to research it.
March 11, 2020



Helleborus orientalis Lenten Rose
March 11, 2020



Narcissus 'Jetfire'
March 11, 2020


Narcissus patches
March 11, 2020


Narcissus DIV 1
March 11, 2020



These Prunus x subhirtella 'Pendula' (Weeping Higan Cherry) buds are about to pop!
March 15, 2020

More Forsythia x intermedia
March 15, 2020

Eranthus hyemalis  - Winter Aconite
March 15, 2020

Magnolia x soulangeana - Saucer Magnolia blooms about to open!
March 15, 2020

Close up of Magnolia x soulangeana - Saucer Magnolia
Some punk tied a red string to this one.
March 15, 2020

Magnolia stellata  - Star Magnolia
March 15, 2020

Another shot of the same tree: Magnolia stellata
March 15, 2020

Lamium purpureum -  Purple Deadnettle
A weed growing in the open wound of a Platanus x acerifolia! 
March 16, 2020


My guess is Chaenomeles x superba 'Pink Lady' - Japanese Quince
March 16, 2020

Muscari armeniacum - Grape Hyacinth
March 16, 2020


The red flowers of Acer rubrum - Red Maple
March 18, 2020

The ubiquitous Pyrus calleryana - Callery Pear
March 18, 2020

Am pretty sure this is a Prunus sargentii -  Sargent Cherry
March 18, 2020


Narcissus 'Jetfire' and Muscari armeniacum 
March 19, 2020
Photo by Robert Eardley


Corylopsis pauciflora (Buttercup Winterhazel) and Narcissus (Daffodil) in bloom
March 19, 2020
Photo by Robert Eardley


Corylopsis pauciflora and Narcissus
March 19, 2020
Photo by Robert Eardley


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