I live in zone 4, but the microclimate in my front yard is almost zone 5. Which means that I can plant the same varieties in my front yard and back yard and they will flower earlier in the front yard. It also means that autumn comes later to my front yard. Why do I tell share this? Because every time I saw lilacs last week, I lamented that mine were weeks away from flowering. I was, of course, referring to the bushes in the backyard that I walk past every day on the way to the garden and pasture. I completely forgot about the bushes in the front yard: Here is a close up of the flowers:
This is what the flowers look like in the backyard:It will be a while before they open. However, I promise to stop whining about it. I think I am going to spend more time in my front yard, focusing on all the flowers that are in bloom, rather than impatiently waiting for the ones that aren’t!
Do you have microclimates on your property? Do you notice a difference in how plants of the same variety grow in different locations on your property?