Didn’t know it was science at the time. The weekly lists of what plants are flowering are just another example of my obsessive record keeping nature, and a collection of data for one of my many, many career fantasies: to be a fanatically seasonal floral designer.
After keeping ‘What’s Bloomin”’ logs for the five years I’ve lived in Portland, I’m kind of shocked at what I’m seeing. The weather varies dramatically from year to year. For instance: Right now the apricot tree in my garden, and peach and apricot trees around the neighborhood, are finished blooming. Last year they were in full bloom on March 30.