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Flowers are Blooming

Updated on March 16, 2015

Early Spring Flowers

Crocus bloom in early Spring
Crocus bloom in early Spring | Source

Project BudBurst: Recording the Signs of Spring

My grandmother was an avid gardener and observer of nature. She kept careful track of when the snow melted, buds emerged in the Spring and when each flower burst into bloom. Records like these are now being sought by Project BudBurst to create a database that will help scientists better understand Global Warming.

Find out more about Project BudBurst and what you can do this spring to help.

Spring Flowers and Global Warming

Do you notice flowers as they begin to bloom in the spring? I love to see their bright colors and smell the fragrance they emit. Now this love of flowers and observation of seasonal change can help in the effort to understand Global Warming.

As winter comes to an end, you can begin to watch for signs of spring. The days begin to get longer, birds begin to return and flowers begin to swell with buds. Noticing when those very first buds poke out on the ends of branches or pop out of the ground is what Project BudBurst is looking for.

Take the kids outdoors each day to observe, send in your data, and you too can help in this effort to observe the effects of global warming.

Learn more about Project Busburst

Come join people all over the country who keep track of when flowers first open up in the spring. Scientists are asking ordinary citizens to help out. It is an easy task and delightful hobby.

In fact, watching for early spring buds and blossoms is very exciting for young children. What a great project for grandparents and grandchildren to do together.

  • Invite the Grandkids over
  • Walk around your yard or neighborhood
  • Note the temperature of the air and maybe even measure the temperature of the ground.
  • Each time you notice a new bud or blossom, write it down with the date and take a picture of it.
  • When you get back home, send in a report

It is just that simple.

Crocus in the Early Spring

Crocus Blossoms come up through the Snow
Crocus Blossoms come up through the Snow | Source

Crocus are one of the First Springtime Flowers - Planting Crocuses for Spring

Plant crocus bulbs in your yard and you will have hundreds of beautiful blossoms bursting open in the early spring. Here in Vermont they come up even when there is still snow on the ground. With so much snow each year the first flowers blossoming create a time of celebration.

Read about caring for crocuses and then get out and plant as many as you can. You will love to see the blossoms next spring.

Everyday observations are being sought for tracking changes that might spring from global warming.

Noticing Signs of Spring

Chicks and Pussy Willows
Chicks and Pussy Willows | Source

Springtime Scavenger Hunt

It's spring! Go out on a scavenger hunt with your family or friends and look for signs of spring around you.

  • Brainstorm items you might find on your walk
  • List these items on pieces of paper (One paper per group)
  • Take along a camera to record your observation and assign one person to take photos.
  • Assign another member of the group to keep records in your nature journal.
  • Be sure to date your finds

What other signs of spring did you discover? When you get home, draw pictures of your favorite finds.

Recording Buds Bursting for Project BudBurst - Journal or Diary for Project BudBurst Observations

Have you seen any signs of spring yet where you live? A journal can help you keep track of buds bursting day to day, month to month and even year to year. Help Project BudBurst record the coming of spring.

What causes flowers to bloom? - Nara Institute of Science and Technology Flower Budding Stimulation

Scientists are trying to determine the factors that tell a flower to bloom.

Signs of Spring
Signs of Spring

Buds Bursting

Flowers Blooming as a Sign of Spring

Photo Credit: Signs of Spring are popping up everywhere....

on Flickr, Creative Commons

Come write about your experiences recording flowers blooming in the spring on Wizzley, a fun and easy place to express your opinion:

How could you help Project BudBurst?

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Blessings for this lens bursting with beauty :)

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      aliciamaggie54 5 years ago

      Very nice:) Just beautiful.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Congratulations on your purple star award. A beautiful lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful project, wonderful lens :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Lovely Lens, congrats on your well deserved Purple Star! Lensrolled to my Spring Lens

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congrats. This is a learning experience kids will enjoy. Train them to be more aware as well. I don't know how but maybe encourage more kids to do the same.

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      Lady Gotrocks 7 years ago

      Congratz on another purple star!

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      blessedmomto7 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a wonderful project to be a part of!

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      RaintreeAnnie 7 years ago from UK

      Yes ! I am looking forward to Spring. I always watch out for the first signs. I adore that time of the year here. I had not heard of this project before and it sounds like it will be very useful. Lensrolling to my lens on I love Spring.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      @KarenTBTEN: I believe that is exactly what Project Budburst is all about. Have you seen any signs of spring yet?

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      KarenTBTEN 8 years ago

      That is a very good project. I hadn't heard of it before, but I imagine it could be used to document climate change.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Welcome to The Nature and the Outdoors Group


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      RinchenChodron 8 years ago

      Another great lens and five more stars! Activists Sound Off Group. And a lensroll to my Birds Welcome Spring lens.

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      JanisRemaxRealtor 9 years ago

      This is terrific information! I was wondering with the sunshine melting all of the snow today if my crocus' were going to come out!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Another great one Evelyn!! :) Always an joy to see when you submit your lenses to the WELCOME PARENTS - THE PARENT PLACE Group! :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      I'm so ready for spring! It will be here soon. Its cold today but we start seeing signs of spring by the end of January. I already have some flowers blooming on the south side of the house.

      Determining when the flowers start to bud is a great way to track the changes in the climate.

      Great lens


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      dahlia369 9 years ago

      Thank you for joining my Squidoo group!

      "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful."

      -- Buddha

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      Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Great nature study idea!

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      Wendy Henderson 9 years ago from PA

      What a great idea!

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      I love the idea of this.

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      Kathryn Grace 9 years ago from San Francisco

      Wonderful lens, Evelyn. My mom has kept a garden journal for years. I'll let her know about the project. Thanks for telling us about it.

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      Mortira 9 years ago

      This is a great idea! Thanks for getting the word out, and welcome to the Four Seasons group!