It’s early November in Tulsa, and our azaleas in our front landscape are in full bloom! What’s up with that? With such a long stretch of warm weather into mid and now late fall, some plants such as my azaleas think it’s springtime I guess. It can be normal for some varieties to show a few blooms in fall, but my bushes appear to have about 50% of the buds in bloom. Therefore next spring, since these buds are spent, I’ll have a less than stellar show of color on our azaleas.
Can’t say if it’s a sign of global warming, or just another very warm fall with signs of a warm winter. I do know that it affects plants, trees, and turf in the landscape and is tricking them to do wierd things. Our bermudagrass is as green as ever, at least in lawns that are irrigated well. It’s very dry also, so some turf is under drought stress sending it into dormancy in a stressful state, which can be a problem next spring. Rain is finally in the forecast today, but if that does not come, then we recommend to irrigate your lawn some to help alleviate stress on your turf.
And where is our fall color on trees? The hot and dry fall has sure affected that also, with many tree leaves just turning brown. And without those crisp, cool nighttime temperatures, the bright yellow, orange, and red pigments of tree leaves are still being masked by the green chlorophyll that still seems to be hanging on. But as Will Rogers once said….”If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma just wait a minute and it’ll change.” Will, we’re still waiting! We may be digging out from snow next month though, so buy your snow shovels while they are still in stock.