What is going on with our weather? Did Mother Nature wake up and realize she’d forgotten to send winter our way, and think “Oops! Better late than never”?
There was a hard frost on the car this morning and I had to dodge icicles around the eaves of the house. The poor daffodils, bravely lifting their heads between snow storms, are fairing little better than the hyacinths, which gave up and lay prostrate from cold.
Vegetable seeds sown in balmy March are refusing to germinate, no doubt muttering under the soil about humans and their stupidity in pushing the seasons. My agastache is now swaddled in an ice cave, cocooned like Superman in his arctic Fortress of Solitude.
Here it huddles, protected in a small space created by warmth from the soil.
Fortunately we don’t have deer – a plant’s equivalent of Lex Luthor – to menace the mini plant. But with the weather predicted to remain unsettled for another week, the plant better lay low to avoid injury.
How annoying. Snow I can take, bring it on, the plants love it. But freeze and ice are another matter.
I expect the effects of such a cold snap to nip the tender young rose leaves, just pushing out from the canes. If not completely frozen off, the leaves will look blackened and frostbitten in just a few days. Fortunately, most plants have the ability to leaf out again, but many more incidents like this and we’ll be purchasing replacements.
Fruit trees in bloom are going to provide plenty of shade this year, the blooms killed by the low temps. Many perennials will be fine, as long as you haven’t removed their mulch yet, and if you’ve cut back your grasses, don’t worry. They’re tough enough to take the frost.
This is nature’s reminder to keep lawn sprinkler turned off a little while longer and limit watering to the warmest parts of the day.