Not Another Freeze, Please

Since our last cold spell, several plants have bloomed or re-bloomed from earlier freezes.  The temperatures have been in the mid to high 80’s recently.  Meteorologists have predicted mid 30’s tonight on May 1.  That would be the lowest temperature ever recorded in this area in May.  Since trees are fully leafed out, surely they would lose their leaves again.

The early morning temperatures started in the 50’s today and are steadily going down.  I really doubt that it will drop to freezing.  But stranger things have happened.

bottlebrush2The Bottle Brush (Callistemon) is looking good.

bottlebrushThe leaves on this bush are hard and very sharp.  If your bare arms hit against them, you get a poke or prick. These hard leathery leaves are probably the reason they do so well here.  They retain their water, like the leaves of native bushes.

spiderwort3Spider Worts (Tradescantia x andersonia) are flourishing.  These are reliable perennials.  Mine had a difficult start because jackrabbits kept eating the tender shots down to the ground.  I finally caged the plants so they couldn’t reach them.

oxeyeOx Eye Daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) are opening up, but don’t have much height, yet.  This is considered a weed, and I’ve read that it’s illegal to sell the seeds in the state of Washington.  But around here, it’s a pass-along plant, which is how I got mine.

foxglove2The native False Foxglove (Penstemon cobaea) have really filled out and spread in one year.

foxglove3When I dug up those little scrawny plants out of the hard caliche beside the road, I never dreamed that they would be such a pretty sight in my yard.

osoeasyroseThe Oso Easy Paprika rose bushes are covered with blooms.  They have proved to be a really good investment.  But I never see them for sale anymore.

yellowroseKnockout Roses are blooming with their small flowers.  But a bush full of the flowers is stunning.

Now, what will changing weather do to all the plants?  It’s definitely out of our hands.

“Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.”  George Washington Carver

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