Winter showers may or may not bring spring flowers to where you live this year. In some parts of the West, the severe drought is contributing to one of the poorest wildflower showings in years. The Midwest and Northeast have been blasted and battered by late winter storms that make it feel like spring will never come.
There are long-term changes happening as well, with areas once famed for their floral bounty losing their bloom as weather patterns change, cities sprawl, and terrain is claimed by invasive species.
That said, climate change’s wild and wacky weather patterns are also spurring some spectacular blooms, particularly in areas that saw unusually early rainfall or heavy snowmelt. Here, a guide to five places that promise a spectacular show.