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The poor, confused trees of the Public Garden

Confused trees

Leslee noticed some trees are putting out blossoms even as they're dropping leaves.

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I've also seen this happening to trees in Chinatown. The thought to plant bulbs had crossed my mind, then I remembered how they are coming out earlier and earlier every year.

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Same thing is happening in Cambridge. Bizarre.

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Ours and a neighbor's have their "spikes" growing too, just like they usually do in April.

A friend put up a picture of her neighbor's daffodils in full bloom as well.

I can't remember when I have done so much cycling in t-shirt sleeves in November. Creepy warm weird.

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Its a good thing Hubway closed up shop for the winter based on a predetermined date and not reality. Cycling in November is impossible, amirite.

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I know that they were supposed to close, but I have seen the bikes on three separate occasions since then, including one this morning. The station near me is empty, but I'm wondering if they've been slow about collecting them all because of the weather, and are just sweeping them up as they close the stations.

Either that or someone has a hell of a fee to pay for keeping them out for a week...

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http://twitter.com/#!/Hubway/status/14187246148557...

you can take bikes up until 11:59p tonight. After that time our stations will only accept bikes. Standard rates will apply.

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They're collecting the bikes one station at a time, over a few days.

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it's not uncommon for Azaleas to bloom again in the fall in the deep south (mine used to in Houston).
There are certain kinds of Crocuses which bloom in the fall, and grape hyacinths sprout (although generally don't bloom) in the fall.

The daffodils are really strange though!

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I'm pretty sure that I heard a spring peeper out back on Sunday evening.

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this warm weather is why I've seen so many moths lately. I have walked by bushes here in Melrose while walking home from Oak Grove that are literally EXPLODING with the little guys.

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The winter moths will still be out there until mid-Winter even when it's freezing. Next Spring the trees won't stand a chance.

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That's a Prunus × subhirtella 'Autumnalis' which, as the cultivar name suggests, was selected for its tendency to re-bloom in the fall. There are lots of good examples of plants and animals behaving oddly because of the unusually warm weather we've had this month but that particular tree isn't one of them; I've seen it bloom every fall for the last several years.

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...I've got a carpet of Alyssum sprouts in one corner of the yard. So I'll have to break down and buy those seeds next spring!

One neighbor spread grass seeds last week and has a lovely carpet of sprouting grass now.

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Fall is the best time to seed grass - although usually around here you do it in October, not November! Less likely to dry out or burn, which is kiss-o-death for young sprouts.

It's not uncommon to see fast annuals like allysum, pansies, sweat peas and snapdragons bloom in the late fall/early winter. Go to any community garden inside the heat-island of Boston this time of year and you're likely to see plenty of blossoms still around that only last until October in most of New England.

p.s. long range forecast indicates that we're at least a week or two away from a hard frost here in Boston. So your allysum will probably have enough time to set seed for next spring.

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I grow alyssum in containers, where it thrives in the spring but takes a real beating in the hot midsummer weather, then bounces back in the fall. Colors are usually less hardy than white and die off during the hot months, but this fall I've had both white and dark purple blooming like crazy - both still going strong now.

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