Mr. Freeze came and went and with him also went most of the leaves on my Japanese maples. Even covered, at 25F, it was just too cold for them. Perhaps, if this happens next year, I’ll string Christmas lights under the sheets and save the foliage. It’s a thought.
I could focus on this, but instead, I think we’ll look at what is beautiful and what was saved.
I covered most of the Heucheras, but even those I didn’t cover did well. When the landscaper redid the front garden, he left me most of his containers. I used the three and five gallon pots to great effect, covering the most delicate of flowers. The black pots were fantastic insulators. Too bad there weren’t pots big enough for the maples. The visualization of that just makes me laugh.
Most of the tulips survived. Some were a little worse for wear, but still, an amazing triumph I think. Earlier in the spring, it was so warm I feared all of the tulips would bloom themselves out in a matter of days. With the cold snaps and a planting of early, mid and late bloomers, we’ve had a much longer tulip season than usual.
Lent is over, and Holy Week has begun. Easter is announcing its arrival, and I almost want to cheer as it approaches. Easter means so many things to me, as a Christian and as a gardener. It is as if all of nature rejoices.