Sunday, March 25, 2012

Early Spring...Early Ivy?

The past two weeks have been unusually hot here in SW Michigan. We've had several record highs. The furnace has been turned off and we even had to put the AC on in my classroom a couple days. Most years we'd be happy to touch the 60s in late March; this year has seen the 80s several days.

The warm weather has done some crazy things to the trees around here.

This tree next to my deck usually blooms in early-mid May.

Same for our maple trees. I've never seen them bloom so early. Seeing the trees greening up got me thinking about the Wrigley Field ivy.

The home opener is always an exciting day, but the brown ivy always tempers my excitement. Wrigley Field doesn't look like Wrigley Field until the ivy turns green. That usually happens in early May. The Cubs come home from a road trip and boom...there it is...beautiful green ivy.

I know that Chicago has had the same warm weather that we have had, so the big question is will the ivy be green on Opening Day?

I sure hope so!


  1. I mentioned the same thing (about the ivy) to my wife the other day. Also, the tulips we planted in front of the house last fall have been blooming the last few days. This is definitely the craziest midwest spring of our lives, maybe of anyone alive. Maybe it's a good omen for the Cubs. Hard to imagine with this team though.

  2. I hadn't thought about the unusually warm weather effecting the ivy. I hope your right about it being there opening weekend. I don't watch a lot of Cubs games but I know anytime I see highlights on the news and there's no ivy, it just doesn't look right.