Where have you been? It is like the return of a long lost friend, rain and wind and cold. A nice deep drink was long overdue and that came today steadily without undue fury. Now the temperature begins to drop.
The daffodils are droopy, but are largely unscathed. Many worn out from the heat were finished off by the rain. About 10% are finished for the year. Another 10% are just beginning to open.
The coming lows are predicted to hover right around the freezing point. That should not bother the daffodils at all. It may even extend the Bulbapaloozathon and prevent an early collapse from heat exhaustion. The sun will be out tomorrow with very cool high temperatures. Those that are done will become more apparent. For the rest there will be two days of fluffing weather before the company comes on Sunday. Today's deep drink can only help.
This mini-freeze should not be a problem for the rest of the garden, I hope. Two weeks ago we were three weeks behind schedule. The heat wave has put us about two weeks ahead of schedule. There is grave potential for major damage of the trees and shrubs if another winter blast should arrive before our average annual last frost date of May 15th. Yes that is another entire month from now.
The apple trees have budded out and will be blooming soon. The spirea are almost fully leafed out. Many of the other shrubs have broken dormancy. With luck they will go into a form of suspended animation and reconsider their choices. May isn't that far off.
There is nothing to do, but take each day as it comes. The ones ahead are looking to be, well, rather spring like, as it should be.
It is time to plant my spring vegetable crops like lettuce, spinach and beets. I saw the first sugar snap peas breaking the soil surface this week. The ridge top garden is set for pure enjoyment until summer weeding time begins. The resident gardeners can tend to that.
The procession of bloom is underway, even if a bit bunched in a heap.
I am learning that each spring is unique.