Will it freeze tonight? In our house, we always say, “Is the Pope Catholic?” Yes, it’s going to freeze. Before the projected cold front robbed my garden of its spring grandeur, I took some pictures in the snow. I want to share the heartbreak that is often a prairie spring. Yes, you read that right. Snow. Confounded snow is falling outside my door and now even collecting slightly on the ground. What started out as small flakes are now large, white and fluffy. I am not amused.
The snow won’t stick because it was 88F yesterday. The ground is very warm, and that’s a good thing.
Everything is blooming or leafed out. Even my lilacs are blooming. We are supposed to get down to 26F tonight. I can’t tell you how much this saddens me. Even though our last freeze date is April 20 or so, we don’t usually get into the 20s this late in the year. It will set everything back again, and I can hardly watch. Imagine no fruit on the apple, peach and cherry trees. No more lilacs and probably no peonies unless I get out there and try to cover everything. I’m tempted, but I may not. Summer will hold its own riches. I just hate to not see my peonies bloom.
I wish the cloud cover would stay as an insulating blanket, but alas, it will not. We’ll have sunshine by this afternoon, and cold temperatures will come tomorrow. We can’t do anything about the weather so let’s enjoy what is blooming now. It’s all so very pretty.
I don’t know about you, but I’m debating about whether to cover a few things. The Rising Sun™ redbud always gets hit by freezes and frosts, but it’s still managed to grow quite beautifully in the last couple of years. It does help to cover plants if the covers go all the way to the ground, but dang it!! I just don’t want to do it. Remember last year? We had a freeze as late as May 3 which is just crazy. I drove myself batty trying to get everything under some sort of cover, and then, half of them blew off. I was still finding five gallon buckets down by the pond last summer as I made my rounds. Cover or not to cover–that could be the question.
One note, by May 15, everything had recovered nicely whether I covered them or not.
While I ponder what I’m going to do, I’ll dodge the snow outside to clip a bunch of lilacs from my favorite bush. I’m bring them inside and enjoying them today, because, my dear friends, today is all we have anyway, and worrying about tomorrow just makes us sad.
Here’s hoping the weather is kind to your garden. I’ll let you know how mine does in a few days.