Welcome to the third year of the annual GardenStew Phenology study. A study that provides us an opportunity to document climate change on a local scale, namely your garden or flower bed. You have but to look into your flower garden and tell us when an established perennial blooms. Easy!! Guess what?? Even a dandelion qualifies*. However we usually mention more exotic species. To see what people have entered here are the previous two years: 2013 entries, 2014 entries. Your entries not only establish a permanent record of when your perennials flower but they also contribute to a larger picture of perennials as climate reshapes our world. For thousands of years gardeners and farmers have used nature as a guide to tell them when to plant crops and vegetables or to perform seasonal tasks. An old Chinese proverb says it all: “Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men” . So what are some examples? What do a potato and a dandelion have in common? When you see the first dandelions flower, it’s time to plant your potatoes. In the post of Feb 27, 2011 titled “Rules of thumb that greenthumbs need to know” we find another morsel of information related to phenology. Use grub killer on your lawn BEFORE the forsythia blossoms fall. Guess what you plant when lilacs begin to leaf out? You get the Idea. Phenology can be used as a garden tool. This year we will delve into the world of seasonal information, information right from your garden. Information you can use. Questions? I am right here, ask away I hope to hear from you and your perennials soon…. Jerry * Yes, a dandilion qualifies, I use the same one each year, else I could not tell if it bloomed last year.