There is an historic snowstorm barreling toward Oklahoma with blizzard conditions already reported in the western part of the state where my friend, Brit’ Gal Sarah, blogs and gardens. Often, the panhandle and surrounding area get much more extreme weather than we do in the central part of the state. However, this storm is so large that we will not escape the snow, nor the freezing temperatures. Some forecasters are kindly saying we’ll have a low of 33F tonight. Others are predicting 20F. That’s not a typo.
I can barely write this, and you, my blogging friends and gardeners, will mourn with me I know.
Meteorologists are often wrong, and as you all know, a degree or two, up or down, can make a huge difference. Let’s hope that this is one of those times. Just in case we do get a late freeze of epic proportions, I’ve written about covering your plants on Examiner, so I won’t reiterate it here.
However, for those of you in Oklahoma, or in the path of this storm, remember, you can’t cover everything. Save only those plants which are the least hardy; your newly planted, expensive or well-loved items like tender shrubs and perennials and climbing roses. The daylilies will be fine. Don’t worry about them unless you already have scapes. Don’t concern yourself with annuals. They are not as expensive and can be replanted. Depending on how cold it gets, even bulb flowers may croak, so cut yourself a beautiful bouquet. The minor bulbs and daffodils themselves will enjoy the moisture and increase in bulb size and number for next spring.
I can tell you that my heart hurt while I was out in the rain taking these photographs, but I still cataloged what I could do. We had one of these really low, late freezes several years ago, and my ‘Zephirine Droughin’ still hasn’t recovered to her former glory.
So, let’s take a final look at spring. The next photos you’ll see from me may be ghostly, sheet covered plants and snow, lots of snow.