Jack Frost Exceedingly Bad Day

Yesterday we had snow, then rain, then ice and then snow again.  When I woke this morning it was a frigid 26 degrees.

You’d think I’d be used to spring snow.  I’ve lived in southern New England all my life where the weather is anything but predictable.

I’m not.

Every time Jack Frost lays waste to the landscape I’m surprised.  Yesterday Jack was having an exceedingly bad day.

While the pictures below show plants at their worst I assure you they’ll be fine.  In a few day they’ll look as good as when it was in the sixties last week.

Hellebore (Helleborus sp.) sent to Hell
Hellebore (Helleborus sp.) thrives in weather like this. In a few days you won’t know the plant was under half an inch of ice and snow.
Japanese Cornel Dogwood (Cornus officinalis) on Ice
Can you can see the layer of ice on this Japanese Cornel Dogwood (Cornus officinalis)?
Pansy (Viola sp.) Covered in Ice
This pansy is in for a rough couple weeks. Most of the foliage will turn brown and die.  Growth deep inside the plant will survive.  It’s going to take time.  I should have brought the plant inside BEFORE the cold weather arrived.
Daffodils (Narcissus sp.) Laid to Waste
These poor Daffodils (Narcissus sp.) were laid out on the lawn. I can’t say the flowers will look as good as they did before the snow. However, they will right themselves and shine again in a few days.
Mr. Science Guy how does water run and freeze at the same time?
Icy on the Outside Warm on the Inside
The first thing I did this morning was get wood to build a fire. The twine holding the tarp is surrounded by thick ice.

What’s the weather like where you live?

Crocus Flowers Blooming

This morning as I waited for the bus with the kids I spotted my first Crocus in bloom on the edge of the drive.  I live in USDA Hardiness Zone 6A.

Crocus Blooming

A little while later I spotted some growing in the middle of the lawn.

Crocus In Lawn

The weird thing is I never planted crocus in the lawn.  I barely have any crocus on the property.

Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me.

Plants Want to Grow

Plants amaze me.

I spend a lot of time and effort making the best possible environment for my landscapes.  Then, I’ll be walking through the woods and see a tree growing out of a boulder.

You almost have to go out of your way to kill a plant.

These onions growing in my kitchen are a great example of a plants wish to live.

Red Amaryllis
Bonus photo: This red Amaryllis graces my kitchen counter. If you’ve never grown an Amaryllis pick one up. They’re a lot of fun to grow and hard to kill.

Spring Begins in Fall

This morning as I waited for the school bus I noticed my daffodils emerging.  It’s been a mild fall and they’re just poking through the soil.

Sedum Buttons
New growth on Sedum called buttons.

Plants set bud in the fall so they’re ready to go when the warm weather arrives.

German Iris
The old foliage on my Iris died back leaving miniature Iris plants. The new growth won’t look this good in the spring after repeated freeze thaw cycles.
Lenten Rose Flower Buds
Flower buds on my Lenten Rose (Helleboris sp.) are ready to go. Lenten Rose blooms in April often while snow is still on the ground.

Don’t think your plants are the only thing growing in the garden.  There’s a class of weeds called winter annuals that germinate in the fall.  Now is a great time to pull them.

Chickweed is one of the most ubiquitous winter annuals. Chickweed is remarkably easy to control if you get it while young.

If the weather stays mild take advantage and do some weeding.  It’ll make a huge difference in the spring.