The magnolia trees along Boston’s Commonwealth Ave bloomed at least 3 weeks ahead of schedule this year — starting when it was still technically winter (we had no winter this year) but 70-85 degrees F for a solid week. The blossoms are now wilting, turning brown and falling off — right around the time they are usually just beginning to bloom. They typically peak in mid-April, around the time of the Boston Marathon. What climate change?
p.s. The photo of these dying magnolia blooms was taken on March 30th. By way of comparison, here’s another iPhone shot of the magnolia trees on my block of Comm Ave shot last year on April 17th!