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Jessica Damiano's award-winning garden blog gets to the root of things.

Observe recommended planting times, despite weather

Rhododendrons bloom in Garden Detective Jessica Damiano's garden.

(Credit: Jessica Damiano)

It's unseasonably warm and has been for pretty much the last five or six months, and your plants know it. My rhododendrons, above, are in full bloom right now -- at least two weeks ahead of schedule. Shoots from my spring bulbs appeared a full month ahead of schedule. And the forsythia have been at it for over a week, which is more than three weeks ahead of last year. So it stands to reason that...

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