Hard to believe but the median date for the first frost is just around the corner, and I still have lots to do in the garden. Last year the first freeze occurred on October 5, so I know it can happen any time now.
My pink dawn viburnum (Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’) took a hit this past February when low temperatures dropped to minus zero for several days, just as it was budding out. I thought for sure all the blooms were toast, but upon inspection, I see some surviving petals still making a show. That isn’t to say the reproductive components of the surviving flowers weren’t damaged, so time will tell whether berries are in the making for this year…but at the very least there won’t be as many.
Who doesn’t recognize a daffodil on sight, even with their myriad of forms and colors? ‘February Silver’ is always the first to bloom in my jungle, and it never fails to elicit that thrill of excitement that spring is definitely on its way! I drove by a motivational sign recently that read “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” That could apply to so many activities, but for right now, I’m applying it to planting bulbs. Every year I place my bulb orders early, because I know that if left to later, none would ever get planted. By the end of the growing season, I