Lilacs and tree peonies already

Last Thursday, New York City experienced record temperatures. In Central Park, the thermometer climbed to 90º F in the afternoon.
For the garden, this unseasonable heatwave means confusion: the last daffodils are blooming. The tulips are fading so fast that one has barely time to enjoy them. The lilac is in full bloom and the roses have buds!

This lilac filled the entire garden with its beautiful fragrance

Most surprising was to see the tree peony with many of its flowers wide open. The last time I had checked, there were only buds.

The flowering garden is lovely, and it is wonderful to put away the warm winter jackets and get out shorts and T-shirt. However, this is not normal and it is hard not to worry about what else climate change may bring us in the future.