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Re: unseasonable cold front

Even from our cold snap this winter (20's), nearly everything has come back here- a month ago I would have thought I lost at least a dozen plants, but now there are only2 that haven't shown signs of life.


Donna wrote:
Well I am really at a loss here of understanding.

We always get hit with a hard frost late in the spring- which is why I
don't set out annuals or anything less than a zone 5 rating before mid
May in something I can't bring in for a night or three. My plants get
hit yearly, but rebound once the weather gets better. What I do lose is
fruit if the flowers get hit too hard, or some spring blossoms, but the
trees and plants survive. Hail seems to be my worse nightmare- the
leaves of the hostas look ratty all summer after being sliced by the

So ....other than tender plants- why do you think everything won't
rebound? My japanesse maple goes thru this yearly and normally looks
fine by June.....

I am really confused!


----- Original Message ----
From: Daryl <pulis@mindspring.com>
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Saturday, April 7, 2007 1:49:12 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] unseasonable cold front

Last night was warmer than it's supposed to be tonight, but here's the toll so far this afternoon:

Figs and Perennial Salvias black. Phlox, Sedum, Baptisia not happy, but not gone- Baptisia looks like it got hit harder than Phlox and Sedum.

Mulberry and Japanese Maples, Chimonanthus and Crapemyrtle cooked and wilted, no recovery. 'Shasta' Viburnum - flowers not bad, leaves wilted.

Hydrangeas not as bad as Mulberry, but wilted and have that deep dark green that doesn't bode well. 'Amethyst Falls' Wisteria wilted but not dark green.

Apple leaf damage dependent on exposure. Amelanchier surprisingly cooked. Lindera ok.

Magnolia macrophylla and Sophora wilted and black.

Itea and Fothergilla have an odd color, but not wilted. Ditto some Hostas. Others like 'Guacamole' are wilted.

Physocarpus looks fine - so far.

I think the fallout will be worse than anticipated. How goes it in your gardens?

d (headed for a nap. Was sleeping last night with one eye open to keep an eye on the glow from the chick brooder lamp. Swore I'd never get chicks again before April because of the danger of a late (March) cold snap. This one's a doozy!)

----- Original Message ----- From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, April 06, 2007 8:32 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] unseasonable cold front

Tonight is supposed to be our coldest of the past 3 cold nights, 21 degrees, then starting back up. A few new potted plants that were too far along suffered Wed night so I brought them into the garage. My Leonard Messel magnolia is bred for ability to endure late frosts and the blooms are still on it but droopy. The dafs and tulips are acting like garden peonies- heads in the soil. Tree and herbaceous peonies look good.

All of this is pretty rough on the plants but most will pull through w/out much trouble. If we'd gotten as low as Ceres did though, there would have been some losses.


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