• Art Jahnke

    Senior Contributing Editor

    Art Janke

    Art Jahnke began his career at the Real Paper, a Boston area alternative weekly. He has worked as a writer and editor at Boston Magazine, web editorial director at CXO Media, and executive editor in Marketing & Communications at Boston University, where his work was honored with many awards. Profile

Comments & Discussion

Boston University moderates comments to facilitate an informed, substantive, civil conversation. Abusive, profane, self-promotional, misleading, incoherent or off-topic comments will be rejected. Moderators are staffed during regular business hours (EST) and can only accept comments written in English. Statistics or facts must include a citation or a link to the citation.

There are 4 comments on Early Spring Flowering Sets Record

  1. Thank you for this excellent article on such an important, if troubling, subject.
    My colleagues and I found similar results in terms of earlier blooming times in our study of the flora of the Middlesex Fells. See Rhodora (2012) vol 114: 229-308, in particular pages 252-253.

  2. I am not a scientist. But it appears that Primack is being very short sighted. Seeing everything from a human’s point of view, he says “the ecosystems are going to start to fail” which I believe is incorrect. The ecosystems we know will change to accommodate the climate, just as the plants we now know have evolved to fit climate of our century. That is success for the ecosystem. The Earth’s ecosystems will continue to evolve, adjusting to changes as they have since the earth was formed. We may not like the rate of change, but evolution continues.

    1. Teresa,
      I appreciate your point. But it is worth knowing that ecosystems will start to fail to provide the environment to which our current way of life is adapted.

  3. BU Faculty Member,

    I am well aware of earlier blooming and how it’s related to the changing weather temperate. I see it every year in my own gardens. I’ve also noted that plants are blooming again in the fall, as they did again this past autumn of 2015. I had snow falling on some plants that were actually trying to bloom again this fall. You don’t have to be a scientist to see it, or understand why – and I dropped out to two colleges.

    The problem I find with the article is that Mr. Primack keeps stating earlier times, like 4.1 days and so on, but he NEVER tells us what the stamped time date is that he is judging that time change from. Is it the first week of May? The third week of April? The second week of March? The twelfth week of whenever???? I was looking for information as to when plants generally start to bloom in New England – what specific month, week or even day – and all I got from a college-educated professor is a nursery rhyme – April showers do not bring May flowers. Gee thanks professor, I’m so glad I didn’t pay to take your kindergarten class. Very helpful there professor. SO if plants are blooming earlier than usual, then WHEN the HELL is the USUAL, or normal, or average time when they do begin to bloom?!?!?!?! You never gave us a timeframe to judge from.

    By-the-way, I went to Boston College.

Post a comment.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *