Friday, April 24, 2009


So. We woke up to this familiar white stuff this morning. In late April. *cough*

I thought snow had left us for more arctic climes, but it appears that life was just so good here that it doesn't really want to leave.
It lightly dusted everything and warned the weatherman it may be back for more mischief.

I rushed out to see how my little plants were doing that I covered in plastic the night before.

Not so good, it seems. A little floppy and worse for the night.

So I did what I should have done earlier. I put them up in the garage window where it is insulated but not heated. (Never really gets below zero in there)

Aren't they sad? I really, really hope they make it back to their perky selves.

In brighter news: We have a landscaper coming tomorrow morning to talk to us about our plans for the yard. Wish us luck!


Alison said...

I sympathise about the snow!
about covering plants with plastic . . I read somewhere, I think in one Lois Hole's books, that we should be using cloth as plastic dosn't insulate, I hope your Babies survive, by out standards it wasn't TOO cold. ( I too am on the 53rd parallel)

The Garden Ms. S said...

Thanks, Alison. I think you are probably right - a cloth would have done much more.

Since we are predicting snow for the next few days I expect I will keep them in the garage and try to coddle them back to health :)

Northern Shade said...

The plants look like some leaves got stressed, but they probably survived.
I had removed most of the leaves from my garden, but most plants seem fine. However, on the second night of -10 C, I threw some tree leaves back over the Helleborus. They provide good insulation. The Heuchera in the ground with leaves look the same, as do the Dianthus, Campanula and Phlox.
When looking at the low temperature predictions for the next week, it's hard to believe that our average last frost is supposed to be around May 7. 'Average' covers a wide time frame.
It will be interesting to see what the landscaper suggests.

The Garden Ms. S said...

NS: What a week! And more snow coming, they say. May feels very far away right now, don't you think? I am so glad to hear your Helleborus is ok. I can't wait to see them in bloom :)

My plants are looking better, except the hosta. It is very limp and soggy looking.

We just met with the landscaper and I will have to post to tell you all about it. (with an updated design) Now, at least there, I think I have something to smile about.

Teza said...

Mother Nature sure has been showing her sense of humour lately, and it would seem to be at our (gardeners) expense. Most perennials are a lot tougher than they look. It will simply mean a shorter (not that we ever have long enough) growing season. Hope all of your treasures make it through!

Anna said...

Brrrrrrrrrr. I do hope that your plants have perked up. We do not get snow at this time of year but there is still the possibility of night time frosts. I cover my plants in the greenhouse with horticultural fleece which gives them some protection. I like your heuchera :)

The Garden Ms. S said...

Teza: Thanks! I would really hate to lose any of my "babies" :)

Anna: I've seen something called a "frost blanket" in the stores and I think I will pick one up next time I'm out. Thank you for stopping by:)

Calgary Garden Coach said...

Hi there,
I'm sure your plants will be fine but probably set back a little. My pansies survived a night outside this week and I hadn't got around to hardening them off yet! I agree that plastic doesn't insulate well, though.

The Garden Ms. S said...

Calgary: I guess the plastic wasn't really very wise. I know I wouldn't want to be out at night wearing just it! :)