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“First Sign of Spring” releases weeks ahead of schedule in Minneapolis

The first floral sign of spring in Minneapolis arrives ahead of schedule


The first floral sign of spring in Minneapolis arrives ahead of schedule

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MINNEAPOLIS – If you’re not looking for it, you can easily miss it. But when Minneapolis horticulture supervisor Kait Ryan saw it, there was no doubt about its significance.

The “it” is the flower of the snowdrop. They were first seen on February 12 at the city’s Lyndale Park Rose Garden and came into full bloom on February 21.

“This looks like the first sign of spring,” Ryan said. “I never remembered snowdrops blooming in February when I was growing up in the Twin Cities.”

February blooms are rare: in 2023, the snowdrops, which are consistently the first blooming flower each spring, didn’t arrive until early April, Ryan says. In 2022 they arrived at the end of March.

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“That soil temperature triggers some kind of action,” she said. “Things like snowdrops will ensure they turn up when the weather is good to go – and they go very early.”

Ryan says early blooms could mean early blooms across the board, something flower and garden stores are preparing for.

“Mother Nature will play the cards she naturally plays. Jack Frost will do the same. It’s up to us to kind of adapt to it,” said Scott Endres, co-owner of Tangletown Gardens in south Minneapolis . “I think the one thing that has become relatively consistent is that the news comes back to me and says, ‘Hey, let’s talk about the weather again.’”

“Obviously, with climate change and seeing something come so drastically early, we’re concerned about what the rest of the season will bring,” Ryan said.

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