It’s not that the temperature is that much different–it is that we have sudden huge thaws that uncover what is beneath the snow. The little Colchicum flowered under the snow as the ground hadn’t frozen when the snow came and it was good & warm under there–and there is quite a bit of light through the snow for the first foot or so. The bloom was uncovered because of the thaw, and the fact that it is in a raised bed which tilts sunward. I hadn’t realized how much difference raised beds (and angle) made until this winter. I plan to experiment more with this as I construct a new alpine bed this summer.
The roller coaster type weather here is because we get both Arctic flow and warmer, wetter Pacific flow in from the coast–which one at what time depending upon the whim of the jet stream. This makes for confusing gardening. Sudden drops or rises in temperature of 30-50 degrees are not uncommon. You never really know what the weather will bring: the only month I rely on not having frost is July and that isn’t always safe either. Snow usually waits till Halloween and is gone by the end of March but it keeps reappearing in April & May, for fun I expect.
The Red-winged Blackbirds are back today, and Ravens, so rain is coming.