The signs of spring are evi­dent across campus, as flowers have begun to bloom and many other bulbs aren’t far behind. But in a roller­coaster of a winter and early spring that has whipped between record high tem­per­a­tures one week and frigid wind chills the next, keeping flower beds fresh and lively is a tall order.

But Northeastern’s Facil­i­ties Divi­sion is up to the challenge.

Chuck Doughty, director of land­scape ser­vices, said the mild winter put the Facil­i­ties staff nearly three weeks ahead of schedule for its spring flower planting — which thus far has included hardy flowers like tulips, daf­fodils and pan­sies that can with­stand New England’s dra­matic swings in temperature.

It’s a blessing and a curse,” Doughty said of the recent mild weather, quoting a famous line deliv­ered many times by actor Tony Shalhoub’s char­acter in the TV series “Monk.”

As land­scape super­visor Art Caputi put it, “We have to coin­cide with nature. The weather really dic­tates what we plant and how we plant it.”

Part of the chal­lenge is con­tending with the mix of vari­ables that make up Northeastern’s micro­cli­mate — from the land­scape and the envi­ron­ment to the heat pro­duced by the university’s under­ground infrastructure.

For as much sci­ence is involved in beau­ti­fying the campus, there is just as much artistic imag­i­na­tion. On March 22, when record tem­per­a­tures reached the 90s, Facil­i­ties crews planted a col­orful mix­ture of flowers beneath the thun­der­cloud plum trees next to the east entrance to the Curry Stu­dent Center that would com­ple­ment the trees’ red­dish foliage.

Deci­sions like these are made on a daily basis to create flowerbeds that pop with rich colors and offer a unique look every spring, making the campus attrac­tive to the North­eastern com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors alike.

We want to this place to feel warm and homey,” said Doughty, whose staff reg­u­larly fields requests from passersby to come remodel their own home gardens.