Shhh… whisper, please. We don’t want to be discovered.
We are hunkered down here at May Dreams Gardens on an afternoon with clear blue skies and temperatures in the upper 50’s waiting for the arrival of frost. We do not know when the frost will arrive or if it will arrive at all.
We just know we are under a frost advisory so probably early in the morning when all the radiant heat has escaped from the earth up into those clear blue skies, we’ll have temperatures drop to below 32F, freezing the dew and turning it into frost.
When that happens, all the plants that have bloomed or leaved out will be left to fend for themselves.
There are blooms a-plenty.
|A sampling of what’s blooming on March 26, 2012|
And lots of leaves, too.
|A sample of leaves leaved out on March 26, 2012|
All we can do is hunker down. There are not enough sheets, blankets or drops cloths here to cover everything, even if we were foolishly inclined to do so. And heavens no, we do not use plastic sheets. Or put trash bags over the tops of trees. That is all foolishness.
We do nothing. We hunker down. We wait. We wonder. If there is aftermath, we’ll deal with it.
This won’t be our last frost advisory before our usual frost free date of May 10th. Or May 15th. Or May 12th. Or whenever it is.
April, which is right around the corner, is a cruel, cruel month for gardens, and gardeners, especially those gardens that spend two weeks in March acting like it is high summer. April will have its share of frost advisories, and warning, too.
Hunker down. And wait. That’s all we can do.