This post is “weather free”. I will not mention freezing temperatures in April, rainy days, cloudiness, hail, rain, sleet, snow or weather obsessed gardening geeks.
In fact, here are five weather related thoughts that I will not be including:
1. The apple tree looks to be just a few days away from blooming. Last year it didn’t bloom at all and the year before the blooms were frozen out in one of the worst Aprils, weather-wise, that I can remember. According to weather.com, if we can get through tonight, we might be okay, as far as freezing temperatures go.
2. The species tulips, which were all fully open on Saturday and early Sunday, were all closed up this evening.
Perhaps this is their reaction to cold weather, to close up, but it was also partly cloudy, so maybe there just wasn’t enough sun for them to bother opening today?
3. I’m still not getting an accurate temperature reading from my weather station ever since I moved the whole thing out to the vegetable garden. I need to work on shading the thermometer better.
4. The Japanese tree lilac, Syringa reticulata, is nearly leafed out and is probably the one tree or shrub that if it gets below freezing for too long tonight, will look punked out for the rest of the year. Every other plant has either tiny leaves and buds, or just buds, and should be okay. The one exception is a white flowering lilac, Syringa vulgaris, which come to think of it, has also leafed out quite a bit. It might suffer a bit if it gets too cold for too long.
5. I’d always heard that Magnolias around here usually give you one good bloom year about every four years. The other years, the blooms get frozen out. Last year the Star Magnolia, Magnolia stellata was spectacular, but didn’t start blooming until early April. This year it bloomed about two weeks earlier and also looked great. Now that all the petals have dropped, I’m not too concerned about it freezing out this spring.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this weather-free post and that your own garden is giving you more joy than worry even as frost and freeze threaten many of us!