It’s Been a Beautiful Spring . . .

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. . . so far. This past week we’ve enjoyed a heavenly mix of Narcissus poeticus, apple blossoms, and lilacs floating on the air. Indeed, I can’t remember the lilacs looking more spectacular. We haven’t had frost since the first week of May. But there is a frost advisory in effect tonight. We have lost entire apple crops in the past, due to the flowers getting frosted. My understanding is that if they are already fertilized, they will still produce apples. Some flowers have already dropped their petals, so I think at least those flowers will become apples. If it is a light frost, I think the lilacs will be okay. And the narcissus are pretty tough. I might try to cover the two trumpet lilies I’ve managed to grow from seed my grandmother gave me and which have never bloomed yet, but most things are just going to have to tough it out.

Judy, when you get snow like that, what happens? Did the snow stick, or melt off? Do you lose the flowers in bud? Do you lose all your apples/pears for the year? Is there anything (besides the tender things in pots that you’ve already mentioned) that you try to protect? I have to admit, I was hoping we’d get to June with no more frost, though the statistics were against me. I just can’t imagine a raging snowstorm amidst all this beauty.

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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