The weather folks were right this time, and yesterday’s rain turned to snow overnight. We got about 4 inches. The roads are mostly clear, as the retained heat melts the snow on contact. It’s a different story for the plants. Leafed out trees bow low, and I’m sure there will be some broken limbs from the extra weight. Hardy plants should mostly be okay, if they aren’t crushed and broken. More cold sensitive plants, that many, teased by last week’s temperatures in the 70’s (25C) put out can be in trouble.
Around here, our “official” last frost day is in late May. Some years it happens in early May, and other times, we’ve had snow on Memorial day. It’s tough to garden with such a short season. I’ve had my warm season tomatoes out for a few weeks now, but they are protected by Cozy Coats (also known as Wall O Waters), which are a series of water filled tubes that surround the plant. The structures warm the ground prior to planting, and then the heat absorbed during the day by the water radiates back to the plants and soil overnight, providing some protection from the cold. I’m hoping they’ve done the trick, and that my tomatoes will start growing quickly once things warm up again in a few days.
Yesterday, I posted a photo of our columbine in full bloom. The photo next to it is what that spot looks like today.
Happy spring, everyone, or autumn to those of you in the southern hemisphere–such a changeable time of year.
For today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of SNOW.