Sunday, April 3, 2016

A Little Late for April Fool's, Isn't It?

The past few weeks have been glorious.

most likely Narcissus 'Ice King'
The Glory-of-the-Snow, the Crocus, the Siberian Squill, the Hyacinth, and the early Daffodils have all risen their beautiful blooms in celebration of spring.

I planted one of the front hellstrips full of miniature daffodils.
Siberian squill, planted primarily because I love the fact that its pollen is blue.
miniature Narcissus jonquilla var. henriquesii
Glory-of-the-Snow
But in New England, the weather is ever fickle, and this morning I woke up to this:


Several inches of snow blanket the ground, which is actually rather fortunate as the temperatures are expected to drop into the low teens later this week, and the plants could use the insulation.

Winter had to have a last laugh, didn't it?

I guess I won't be planting those onion sets today...

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  1. To quote Yogi Berra, "It ain't over till it's over." I'm putting the heavy blanket back on the bed and I'm glad the garden has a nice white blanket too. Winter will lose in the end. We are getting a few extra innings,but the last laugh will be ours!

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    1. I hold out hope that Spring must come in the end! :)

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  2. Supposed to head to Philadelphia later this week to visit family (not sure I'll be going since I've been fighting a flu/cold for days and days), but I know it's supposed to be quite chilly there too. Not looking forward to experiencing any more winter...

    PS - Your daffodils and other spring ephemerals look great! Do you think they'll be damaged by the cold snap or can they tolerate hard freezes?

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    1. Thankfully a lot of them can survive (and did) with the snow cover. They looked rather sad and falling over, but I'm glad they made it! Some of the leaves on my shrubs that weren't covered with snow died, and still waiting to see about some of the plants with buds on them. Hope your visit with family is nice and not too cold!

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  3. poor little flowers. Hope they'll be happy under their white blanket.

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    1. Most of them made it, thankfully. They are looking a little worse for wear, but still blooming!

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  4. Eeek. Well let's hope it is the last time winter laughs. It's time for Spring to take over. Keep warm.

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    1. Definitely! I wonder how confused the plants are, with such warm temperatures in winter and then the late temperature drop.

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  5. That is shocking! Technically that could still happen to us, but I shudder to think of the consequences. Hopefully, your plants will be secure in their snowy blanket. By the way, your hell strip looks heavenly!

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    1. Thank you! Most of the daffodils were fine under the snow, thankfully. Some of the shrubs that had started to leaf out showed damage. Still waiting to see about some of the budding plants. At least we weren't nearly far along in bloom as you guys are!

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  6. Pretty though the snow looks, it is rotten that winter has returned so dramatically. Fingers crossed the snow doesn't last long and that you, the wildlife and the flowers can get on with spring.

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    1. Judging by all the tracks in the snow, most of the critters were just fine! I had heard about some hummingbirds that had made it this far up north ahead of schedule, though, so I do wonder if they made it. It's way too cold for them!

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  7. As I'm reading this, we are having a hailstorm so heavy it looks like snow on the ground. Can't bring myself to go see what it did to all the new growth on my roses. We got an early spring this year, but looks like winter is not giving up after all.

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    1. Oh no! It actually started hailing briefly yesterday here, but thankfully not too badly. Some of my shrubs showed leaf damage with the cold (including one of my roses), so we'll see how they do. I hope your roses are okay!

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  8. Oh my, from glorious spring to winter in a day--it just doesn't seem fair! We've had cold temps this week, too, though no snow. I am wondering if I should cover my hydrangeas, which are all budding out. The plants must be so confused. You have some gorgeous spring blooms! I love the display of mini daffodils.

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    1. It doesn't seem fair! I was actually shoveling more snow onto my snow peas, which had come up, to get them through the cold snap. They don't call them snow peas for nothing, I guess!

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  9. I bet you're still going through the rainy, up and down weather of this spring... even if the latest snow has melted :)
    More predicted this weekend for us, but then finally warmer weather follows! Your bulbs will be very happy to see the sun again and btw I love the little narcissus!

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    1. Thank you! The little ones are my favorite!

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  10. Indie, so sorry to see your snow! The weather never seems to cooperate with us gardeners, does it. But these late snows are often gone by the next day -- I hope yours has disappeared already. Take care, and enjoy the nice days ahead! -Beth

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    1. The snow has now melted and it rained and then hailed this week. So unpredictable, spring!

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  11. Oh I could not believe it when we had 2 days of heavy snow and such cold....you were further ahead in flowers, but it seems the cold is continuing all weekend...hoping some relief for the flowers and critters.

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    1. Thankfully it's warmed up a bit after that cold snap. I'm so ready for getting back to some nice warm spring weather!

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  12. Hello Dear Indie!
    Beautiful spring flowers.
    A beautiful relationship and fantastic images.
    For me it is already spring.
    Greetings:)
    Lucja

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    1. It's getting to spring here. It can't snow for too much longer! (At least that's what I tell myself!)

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  13. Ha, I knew by the title what you were going to show. We have the same weather, only you have many more bulbs in bloom. I still only have hyacinth and they were covered in snow yesterday.

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    1. I deliberately planted all the earliest blooming varieties I could find, and the ones near the pavement bloom even earlier if there is no snow. After living down south, I need my early blooms! :)

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  14. Parts of my garden were covered with blankets last night to protect plants from a hard freeze. It took winter a long time to show up here and now she won't leave! Thanks for pointing out that squill pollen is blue. I had overlooked that even though I have them in my garden. :o)

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    1. I just love that! I'm waiting for the day I see a bee going around with blue pollen baskets, but it's still too cold for most of the bees here.

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  15. Well I have to say shock though it may have been that is a very attractive view looking down to your greenhouse. I remember all too well those late snowfalls even into May in Montreal. Hope this is this last one.

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    1. I hope so too! The snow is very pretty, but I was all geared up for spring!

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