Last week’s freeze damage is just now starting to show. I didn’t cover this Japanese maple located in the front bed because I thought it was close enough to the house and had plenty of protection. Another variety, ‘Crimson Queen,’ nearby sustained no damage, but this one was badly hurt.
It is sad, but this is how things sometimes go, and when I started this blog, I promised to share the good and the bad. The good news is the tree lives, and some leaves weren’t injured.
A few of the hostas in the back garden suffered too, especially these lime green ones. They look just like the wilted lettuce at the back of my fridge.
The remaining blooms on the Jane magnolia, along with those tulips and daffodils I didn’t bring in, look pretty bad. Certain ferns, like my black-stemmed maidenhair also suffered.
So, where do we go from here? Chalk it up to another valuable lesson learned. The plants listed herein are very susceptible to frost, and by writing their names here and in my journal, I’ll remember to cover them next year. The roses, which are the backbone of Rosehaven, are fine. They and the peonies marched on with barely a backward glance.
Remember when Jane Fonda’s workouts were all the rage? Did you ever stretch and sweat to her chant of “feel the burn?” That was all I could think of today as I went out and surveyed the damage. I used to exercise a la Jane until I realized I would never look like her no matter how hard I pushed myself. I, now, take a gentler approach. The plants will get the same loving care I give to my own body. I’ll keep an eye on them and make sure they are watered. As soon as the deadened leaves dry, I’ll pull them off, and the plants can start anew.
Spring is all about birth and change . . . both messy and difficult processes. The results, however, are often beautiful. I say we focus on them instead.