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.

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

~Mitchell Burgess in Northern Exposure

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