As I wrote this post, the meteorologists were saying we might break a record for the overnight low temperature--potentially down to 30F/-1C before daybreak. It has me wondering what the garden will look like in the morning. A frost might be expected this time of year, but not a freeze. I'm preparing myself for brown ferns and wilted flowers.
So, I covered a few plants with pots and bags and tarps, but it's impossible to cover a 1/4-acre plot.
Before the freeze, a few of the plants blooming in my USDA zone 5 garden included:
|Red Trillium (T. erectum)|
|Great White Trillium (T. grandiflorum)|
|Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)|
|Lilacs (Syringa vulgaris)|
|Cushion Spurge (Euphorbia polychroma)|
|Barrenwort (Epimedium x warleyense)|
|Clematis 'Nelly Moser'|
|'Little Henry' Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica)|
|Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis)|
|Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)|
I'm hoping the weather people will be wrong ... or the fact that we're on a hill and just a few blocks from the lake will mean it won't freeze here. Interestingly, we're in for a major warm-up next weekend.
In any case, it will be a few days before these tender annuals will be released to the cruel, brutal outside world.
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An update: The Euphorbias looked a little wonky this morning, and the Lilac blooms are droopy. Otherwise, the plants look fine. I did spray the central garden bed and the Clematis vines before dark, which may have helped a bit. Also, I think our location--near the top of a glacial drumlin and near a lake--might protect us somewhat from late spring and early autumn frosts and freezes. Happily, the plants I watered and then covered look better this morning than they did before I covered them.
Now I'm breathing a sigh of relief and looking forward to a great growing season ahead. Best wishes for everyone else's gardens, too!