As you may be aware, the Northeast has been getting rained on for most of October. The rainy, warmer-than-typical October coming after the unusually hot and dry summer has made for some unusual plant activity:
- Many of the plants that went dormant or semi-dormant in the heat came back and produced another flush of bloom. Most notably, the tunic flower that I thought had died is regrowing. Yay!
- The sequence of bloom for colchicums was both lengthened and altered. Colchicum autumnale ‘Alboplenum’ bloomed much later this year, and still has a few blossoms on it. ‘Waterlily’ is still blooming, but that’s not surprising; it’s normally the last colchicum to flower every autumn. What is surprising is that ‘Harlequin’ sent up a tentative bud after ‘Waterlily’ had been blooming for a few days. The bud has been up for more than a week now, but still hasn’t opened. Perhaps it’s just a bit too nippy? I can see a second flower bud just at the soil’s surface, but I wonder if that will ever emerge, because . . .
- There’s a winter storm watch in effect for my county, as well as half a dozen counties in upstate NY. The rain is gonna turn to snow, sooner or later, and higher elevations could get up to seven inches of snow. Say what? You know, we’ve had a couple of light frosts so far, but the marigolds and petunias near the house are still going gangbusters. There are plenty of plants that don’t even look touched by frost yet, and it’s going to snow–and stick–before another 24 hours have passed? There were some chores that were waiting for the hard freeze to do its work before they could be attempted. My understanding is that Oriental lilies are best moved in the fall after they’ve been knocked down by the cold. That hasn’t happened yet. I guess I can hope for Indian summer after this storm blows through, or just put it off for another year.
But golly, what a year for weather!