|Aucuba japonica, Japanese aucuba|
Last month, temperatures were in the 70s and 80s in Middle Tennessee.
(Of course, that was the week I was down in Florida visiting my Dad and my brother.)
Trees started budding and leafing, perennials started emerging early from their winter naps and I rushed to some local nurseries to stock up new plants for the garden.
Spring was in the air!
And then it wasn't.
Last night, the low bottomed out near 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Highs have been stuck in the 30s the past couple of days (more than 20 degrees below normal). We're supposed to dip down to around 20 again tonight before temperatures start recovering to more seasonal levels.
I wandered around the garden this afternoon and happily most of the plants - both new additions and established stalwarts - seem to be taking the cold snap in stride.
I don't have pics from today to share, but I did want to share images from last Saturday morning when we awoke to a sudden morning snow squall that had not been in the forecast. It melted hours after it fell, but it was beautiful while it lasted. Enjoy!
|Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Duke Gardens', Japanese plum yew (brand new addition to the garden)|
|Juniperus virginiana 'Grey Owl', eastern red cedar|
|Hyacinthus orientalis (hyacinths)! My first year growing these beauties. Very impressed with their capacity to stand strong amid cold and snow. I think this is 'Peter Stuyvesant'.|
|More hyacinths :) I think this cultivar is 'Miss Saigon'|
|Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki', false holly|