Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April Fool!

The fool is on us.  April is playing tricks on us.  Or possibly it was March.  We are on record for the warmest March ever.  And now, in April we've got a freeze watch for tomorrow night. sigh...
everything is so lovely right now:
 The Bleeding Hearts are absolutely beautiful.  This photo doesn't do them justice.
 The apple tree is blooming.
It's not quite in full bloom- but it's close.  I'm guessing that means no apples for us this year.  My little trees that I planted are still too young to really be bearing so I'm not worried about losing fruit there.  But my heart goes out to our orchard owning neighbor.  Ugh.
The lilac is loaded and fabulously fragrant.  I guess I'll be clipping several more vases of lilacs tomorrow night before the forecast low of 28F.

I knew I shouldn't have tempted fate by planting those cucumber seeds!

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  1. We're forecast for 28 tonight. Luckily though, we're not as far budded or blossomed out as you are. My bleeding hearts haven't even shown first shoots yet. Hope your forecast is wrong and nothing gets harmed.

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    1. You and me both. I'm debating if I even want to try to cover anything. If nothing else, I may throw a sheet over my peonies. They are fully budded out and starting to attract ants. Of course, it's supposed to stay cool for a while so I'm not sure how effective it will be.

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  2. My nectarine tree is fully blossomed out, and now it's supposed to be 30 tonite, yikes!

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    1. Eww... I hope your forecast was wrong!

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  3. Oh those bleeding hearts are so pretty. I have never seen them before. I hope that you don't get the freeze. Maybe it won't happen. Then your fruit will be ok.

    Take care, Janet W

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    1. Oh my, you've never seen bleeding hearts?! Maybe it's a midwest thing but they are a lovely old fashioned flower. I was so happy when these came up here. We've got white ones as well that I really need to move because they're too far back under a pine tree to get enough light to thrive.

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  4. Here too, we have lows in the 30's expected the next several days, ugh! My Bleeding Hearts look like yours and I use them to clip and bring to the school when I do the "Ready, Set, Grow!" program because the little girls love them. After successfully keeping the school bus stop kids from picking them, now I'm afraid they will freeze and I need them in a week LOL!

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    1. I'm not sure how effective covering them would be. Good luck!!

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  5. After viewing those gorgeous pictures I don't care WHAT the weather is, thank you

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    1. I'm glad the pictures pleased. I just wish the weather wasn't playing tricks on us!!

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  6. In the same boat here. We may be okay as our lot is fairly protected, but I don't know how the orchards will fare. Our pears are in full bloom and I was really looking forward to them this year, darnit! After two seasons of huge crops they took a year off of producing, so we didn't get any last year :(

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    1. Sadly, we're pretty exposed. I'm kind of hoping that since it's breezy, the frost won't settle. But at 28 I'm not sure that would matter.

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  7. Oh no! But, we all knew it was coming, right? Could you mulch your cukes or put some paper cups over them or plastic cover? I guess I should check the weather for MY area and see if our garden is going to be hit with cold temps tonight.

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    1. The sacrificial cukes aren't even up yet so maybe they'll be OK. And, honestly- with 4 seeds, that is the least of my worries. Better check that forecast!!

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  8. It's chilly here too. Only getting to 60 today. Had to turn the heat on. Sorry about all your beatuiful blooming trees and plants. We had one cold night it went down to 28 also and it didn't hurt anything. Will keep my fingers crossed for you! ...debbie

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    1. Mostly I'm worried about the apples. They are at a critical time right now. Even if the freeze doesn't get them, I'm worried that the cool weather will keep the bees inside and not pollenating.

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  9. Hmmm...they're only calling for 36 degrees here tonight...maybe it'll be just cold enough to make the kale that hasn't bolted yet sweeter?? lol We haven't put a thing in the dirt yet, have started seedlings in the mud room with a grow light, and have been working like dervishes getting the beds all pooped up and ready for leaf compost. I just don't trust this weather, lol..may not put anything in the dirt for another 2 weeks....

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    1. Only 36... But you are further south than we are. I've only planted a few cold weather things outside (apart from my sacrificial cukes) so I'm not too worried about the garden- maybe it will kill off a few of those sprouted weeds! My little tomatoes and peppers are up under the lights.
      I guess I shouldn't complain too much, our usual last freeze is mid to late April. But I wonder about all those people I saw last weekend buying little tomato plants at the garden center....

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