Flowers Are In Full Bloom… Despite Last Night’s Frost!

A purple lilac amidst some red Salvia.If any of the neighbors spotted me late last night poking around our yard and playing in the flower garden… they must’ve thought I was crazy!

It looked as if I got a late-night urge to do some gardening.

Truth is, last night’s “frost warning” sent me scurrying to protect our recent $200+ investment of flowers!

Cuz It’s “Tradition”…
As many of you know, it’s “tradition” that we typically plant our flowers FAR too early each season… usually on that proverbial “first day of spring”.

We’re just so impatient!

We can’t wait to add some color to things around here, and bring the outdoors to life again by planting flowers… it’s so uplifting.

The flower box on the back steps.

We Planted Too Early… Again!
A yellow day lily up close. Fortunately, day lillies can take care of themselves, and I didn't have to cover all of the yellow day lillies that have overtaken our front and back flower gardens! WELL. We broke all our own rules this year and waited until April 17th to do our planting this year. Let me remind you that the first day of spring was on March 20th this year. So we did GOOD, no?

Each year, our neighbor reminds us: “They say you should wait until April 15th each year to plant. That is the date they feel safe that there will be no more heavy frosts.”

So we waited. And wouldn’t you know it… 7 days AFTER we planted… a FROST Warning!

Hurry Up & Do Something
A potted Blue Potato Plant that has lots of little purple flowers. So, I the far-too-logical (and cheapskate!) one of the household felt compelled to protect our investment by covering up each and every plant, bud, and sprig with a layer of cloth. (I wish I had a picture of THAT… it was pretty funny.) Some (all the potted plants) were brought indoors.

NOTE: I learned on the news that you should NEVER use plastic to cover your plants… use cloth instead. Plastic will suffocate your plants (even if it’s just lightly placed on top). Here are some more great tips!

Thank goodness for that “box ‘o rags” we had leftover from painting all the rooms in our house, cuz I must’ve used 40+ on this project alone.

Red Salvia flowers planted in front of the shrubs out front. The reason it took so many is because we purchased about fifty little Salvia plants and used them to line the entire perimeter of our front shrubs. (…looks cool, but it was kind of a lot of work!)

The Morning After…
It worked!

The 'morning-after' picture showing that the impatiens planted in the back flower garden made it through the night. Notice Lynnette's shadow? At the CRACK OF DAWN (5:45 a.m. to be exact), I got dressed and ventured outdoors to promptly REMOVE all of the individual coverings. I wanted to do this before anyone became aware of my craziness.

You see, I felt that I was the only over-protective one on the block who cared enough about their plants to cover them up.

Red hanging plants on the porch.

Actually, I think everyone else around here knows something I don’t, cuz virtually NO ONE has planted a thing yet this year… and it’s almost MAY!

Tonight: A FREEZE Warning!
Silly me… I failed to keep my ears tuned to the local weather and now they’re saying LAST NIGHT’s was a few-days-notice “frost warning” but TONIGHT’s is a sudden-onset-impromptu-record-low-temperatures-predicted “freeze warning”!

—> Listen for yourself.

…Great. Just great.
Guess I better get back out there and cover everything up again.

It is Spring, right??? (…Not to mention the effect that these drastic temperature changes are having on my two-weeks-and-counting flu-like cold that I can’t seem to shake.)

One of two flower pots filled with pastel-colored flowers and placed on either side of our front step -- on the porch.

Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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