It's a cold April Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day here in a large portion of the U.S.
Some gardeners have snow, while others have had brutal overnight temperatures that required covering even hardy perennials.
Last week, the first butterflies of the season in my garden were sunning themselves, like this mourning cloak.
Here in Southern Wisconsin, we went from spring weather last week to summer weather on the weekend, and then we crashed ... to snow flurries and overnight temperatures around 20F (-6C) last night. We awoke to another white dusting on the lawns and gardens.
Before the "crash," some of the Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) were blooming. I think these are 'Flore Pleno.' I clipped the remains before nightfall and put them in a vase in the house. They would have survived, anyway, but I wanted them in a place where I could enjoy their beauty.
Other spring-blooming flowers either got covered or should survive because of their natural antifreeze capabilities.
Hellebores, Hyacinths, and Daffodils need very little pampering, even during a cold snap. But I covered the Hellebores, just to be safe.
And of course the Crocuses (C. tommasinianus) are fine. Actually, the cold will preserve them for a little longer.
It's magical how they close tightly with the cold and dark, and then open their faces and translucent petals to the sun.
Meanwhile, a turkey feather holds its place in the flower pots until warmer weather.
Inside, the Cyclamen is still blooming--two months and going strong.
But the plant I'm most excited about right now is the potted Meyer Lemon tree. I'm including this photo to show how it gets light from three directions in the south-facing sunroom. Not only did it survive the entire winter inside, it's thriving. And it's covered with big, puffy buds that are just about ready to burst.
While only a small portion of these will become Lemons, the blooms soon will perfume the room. And it will be fun to see how many Lemons we get this first year.
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Head on over to her blog to see what's blooming in gardens around the world.