Last night, our budding spring gardens got slapped back in a "thundersleet" storm.
To gardeners further north, digging out from heavy snowfalls, I imagine these photos don't look all that bad. But our southern gardens don't like hard freezes in March one bit, particularly after five icy freezes earlier this winter.
Like a boxer on the ropes, these warm-weather plants have suffered one too many right hooks to the jaw, and they're slow to get up.
I fear my irises may be done blooming for this year,
but hopefully not the bluebonnets.
The poppies and four-nerve daisies had just started to bloom. Waa, poor little daisy.
I expect the gopher plant will be fine,
but I'm not so sure about the Texas mountain laurel buds. (The tree itself will be fine, of course, and live to bloom another day.)
All the roses are heavy with ice,
with icy rosebuds,
and icy new foliage. Fingers crossed all will be well.
This Pacific chrysanthemum had new foliage coming up from the roots - SLAP!
The ice made interesting patterns on the agave,
and the feathergrass.
Well, time to fill up the bird feeders and move on with life.
No use crying over droopy icy plants - what's done is done. Guess I should have listened to Punxsutawney Phil. What wins and losses are you seeing in your late winter garden? Leave a comment and let me know.
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