Spring? Wha hoppen?
- Subject: Spring? Wha hoppen?
- From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
- Date: Sun, 9 May 2010 16:40:00 EDT
What a crazy season. In late March we had two 90 degree days followed
by a near frost the following week. Last week we had another heat spell,
and then it seemed to settle down to normal late April weather - days in the
high 70s and nights in the 40s. I decided the ground was warm enough to
plant my first row of beans, and I moved the tomatoes I had started indoors
in pots out into the screened porch to harden off. I usually hang these
of cherry tomatoes in the breezeway. Yesterday at the Teatown Plant Sale
Chet bought me a flat of white impatiens. I contemplated setting them right
out, since it was sunny, but decided that since it was pretty windy, I would
put it off until today. The wind was fierce during the night, and again
morning. The temperature was 39 degrees. The wind is still fierce, and
when I looked at my tomatoes on the screened porch, they look quite
frost-bitten. I'm sure it's the wind-chill that did it. They aren't dead,
looked pretty burned. I brought them in and hope they'll recover. Now they
tell us to expect a freeze tonight and again tomorrow night.
I have a large planter of one of the hardy geraniums - can't remember which
one, but it has a small, fancy leaf, and pinky white flowers. It has
for several winters just in the screened porch - no protection from the
I put it in there for the winter so that the very large ceramic planter
crack from freezing and thawing. Well, I had the handyman move it out
this week, thinking we were past all that. When I just looked at it, it is
all wilted as if it were being frost-bitten. It must be wind-chill, because
this plant has stayed green all winter through all kinds of bitter cold. I
watered it well and hope it recovers, as it is just ready to burst into full
At least I only planted a small row of beans, and used the experimental
variety that was sent with my order. I was curious to see what they would
produce, but I'm sure these won't make it.
And the peas should benefit from this cold snap. I was afraid that the
heat spells would get to them before they even began to produce. Peas
really don't like hot weather, and I had been a little late getting them in
as the ground was snow-covered on St. Patrick's day, which is the
traditional day to plant them around here.
Happy Mother's Day to all.
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