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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Is Here!

Yesterday brought in that first official day of spring but it sure seems that spring beat the calendar to the punch.  The warm weather has brought many of our plants and trees much further along at this time of year than they should be.  It has me concerned.  I love the warm weather and the sights of blooming flowers but in some cases it's just too early. 

Yesterday I visited the big orange box store and stopped to tell a shopper not to go all out on her tomato plant purchase.  I'm not sure she understood that there is still the possibility of a frost that could kill those tomato plants until April 15th.  I have a feeling many people are doing the same thing, taking advantage of the warm weather but it's just too early for some plants! My mini-nursery is delivering the plants at the right time which hopefully will help new gardeners to learn when to plant which plants in the garden.

One example of an early growing plant is this crape myrtle.  It's already leafing out which really should be happening a few weeks later.  Crape myrtles aren't native to the U.S. and aren't as well adapted as other trees to withstand our climate.  If we have a big frost it's highly likely that it will suffer some major damage.  The root system will probably be fine but branches and trunks could freeze, crack, and die back.

Japanese maples are in the same boat as the crape myrtles.  I'm really hoping that frosts don't come at this point and we don't suffer large losses of ornamentals like we did here in TN back in 2007. 

Despite the chance of frosts between now and April 15th the early spring weather is bringing a lot of beauty to the landscape.  The Yoshino Cherry in our front yard is one spectacular example!  We have three Yoshinos planted which gives us our own cherry blossom festival each spring.


This Yoshino is in the backyard.  You can also see the garden shed and part of our vegetable garden in the picture.


One favorite flower just beginning to bloom is the creeping phlox.  It blooms juts for a little while in spring but when it does it creates a carpet of color when it is planted enmass.







How is Spring progressing where you are?
  

5 comments :

  1. I really do enjoy living in Georgia for our early spring season but this hot so soon is not making me a happy gardener. I do "believe" we here in GA are safe from frost but with the weater these days, one never really knows.

    I had to laugh at the mouse in your mower! sorry for the little guy but it did make me laugh. We keep the push mower inside our shed but the riding mower stays outside under a covered shelter with a tarp on it. The tarp had the makings of a Wren's Nest. That bird was not happy when we destroyed all his hard work. But I have old wicker baskets hung all over the shed just for the wrens to utilize! Silly things dont want that but prefer to build a nest between the folds of a darn tarp! LOL...

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  2. Your Yoshino rocks!! Good advice on the tenders though I've been planting a few I am a bit worried about a late freeze too. A frost I could do but not a hard freeze like 07. That was rough!

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  3. You are right Dave, our frost free date is around May 15th and today we are eighty-five degrees. We need to hold back planting tender annuals could still have snow or frost.

    Eileen

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  4. We have azaleas and dogwoods blooming. Cherry trees all around the neighborhood are in bloom. The hydrangeas are leafing out but no buds yet. The japanese maples are a little ahead of schedule but not much. Like you, I worry about a frost in April.

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