Tulips would benefit from some warmer temperatures

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OK, I’m starting to get a bit bummed about the delayed arrival of spring. Or at least the delayed arrival compared to last year. I looked back at a few blog posts from mid-April 2012 and saw that the first tulips were starting to bud and I was so excited to see a bit of pink/red. Compare that to yesterday, when I went out to look at them and gasped when I saw that the few that are up look like they might have a bit of frostbite.

Funny the difference a year makes. Last year, an above-average March brought an early spring, and temperatures in the 70s and 80s. This spring (if you can call it that), I’m looking at weather forecasts in mid-April cringing at low temperatures that can’t seem to make their way out of the 30s. Heck, yesterday and today, it was 28 at 7 a.m. and the highs were only in the mid 40s. The batch of tulips that are the biggest seemed to have mostly recovered by midday, their leaves looking a healthier shade of green. But seriously, how much cold can they take? A few of the Coral Bells I planted last year appear to be gaining some strength, but I can’t see any Hostas popping up out of the ground yet. Hopefully the winter hasn’t killed them. In the photos with this blog post, you’ll also see that the crocuses I planted last year are coming up. First time for those, too, so, I hope that neither the cold nor I kill them! If I remember correctly, they’re various shades of purple, so if both tulips and crocuses flower this year, there should be yellows, pinks, reds, oranges and purples.

The lawn finally was dry enough this weekend that I was able to take a walk down by the garden. The soil in the garden itself remains pretty water-logged, and with more precip (rain and snow) in this week’s forecast, I doubt I’m going to get into it anytime soon. (In fact, as I’m writing this, my daughter just came in the office and said “Mom, it’s snowing.”) Again, just to make note, last year on April 22, I planted early crops of lettuce, peas and onions.

I know there’s nothing I can do about Mother Nature, but it sure would be nice if it would warm up a bit!


6 responses to this post.

  1. I love tulips! Here in SF we’ve had so little rain that getting anything to grow is difficult! Can’t use the sprinklers when drought is looming!

  2. Posted by Cindy on April 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    OMG!!! Just saw your tomatoes! They are beautiful! GOOD JOB!

  3. Posted by Cindy on April 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    You must have had some warmer weather than us. My tulips, daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths are only about 2-3 inches out of the ground. Looks like some critter was munching on some of them too. Hostas at my house do not make an appearance till probably late May. Can’t wait to see some color!

    • Most of the clusters of tulips are much smaller than the one that got the worst of the frostbite. Which I suppose is good considering the cold. I hope the same is true for my Hostas, too, and they’ll come up in May. I guess that’s not long to wait!

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