*The lowest temperature of the year was 5 degrees above (recorded on Jan. 15th, 19th and 20th)
*We did not have a sub-zero day in 2012, only the 13th time that’s ever happened in Illinois.
*The 2011-2012 winter was the 9th warmest on record.
March 17, 2012 Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) in bloom on my birthday in my savanna garden. These have never bloomed this early before during the time that I have been keeping garden records, beginning in 1963. Since 2000, my Bloodroot have begun to bloom in March only three times: 3/25 in 2000, 3/27 in 2004, and n 3/26 in 2007.
*March 2012 broke the month’s record for most 80-degree days in a row at eight days. March demolished the previous record, which was two days in 1986.
*March 14th through 22nd broke nine straight consecutive records for daily high temperatures.
*March’s average temperature was 53.5 degrees, which is 15.6 degrees above normal.
April 14, 2012 Shooting Star (Dodecatheon media) next to my front walk.
May 4, 2012 Savanna island in my back yard with Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) and Wild Hyacinth (Camassia scilloides).
June 23, 2012 Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium), Stiff Coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata), and Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) in my front yar
July 17, 2012 This is what my lawn looked like on my parkway in the terrible drought we had last summer. The alien Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis) cannot survive without supplementary water, while the native Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis), dotted throughout the lawn, is thriving.
*Every month from January to August had above normal temperatures.
November 11, 2012 This Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolis heterolepsis) has a redder tint than most others have.
December 31, 2012 I have been waiting in vain all month to take a picture of fresh snow in my gardens for my December photo.
According to Tim McGill’s Weather World, we have only had .9” of snow so far this winter–the average is 9.3”. So I am including a photo of my Christmas table with it’s large collection of little snow-covered, bottlebrush evergreen trees.
*This is the 310th consecutive day on which Chicago’s high temperature rose to at least 32 degrees, surpassing the long-standing record of 308 days above 32 degrees in 1878. *The year’s cumulative precipitation is at (24.76 inches), which is much below the average of (35.01) That’s nearly 2 feet less than normal.
The weather statistics in italics within the blog and the ones directly above were taken from The Chicago Tribune Weather Center. I wanted to show you, once again, that it is possible to grow native plant gardens in a typical city llot, These photos were all taken at my house on my 50’ X 120’ lot.
Happy New Year to All!