I woke up this morning to this...
What this picture doesn't do is give you a sense of the fierce winds ripping around everything. The trees managed to look incredibly straight, but they are young trees, and strong. My first thought went to my plants. I have taken special care in checking the weather reports, and covering them all, very carefully, with any threat of frost. Last night I didn't. I forgot. It had been rainy, yes, but things were greening up, and I didn't.
I stood by the window with my blanket wrapped around my shoulders. There they were, right where I had left them, covered in icy, clinging snow. "Perhaps I should throw on some shoes," I thought "and run out there, scrape all the snow off, and then cover them, bring them inside, put them by the heater..." My mind circled around every possibility. And then I thought that I am not doing this for sheer ornament. I need to know. I need to know about these plants I have started. Can they handle a freak storm? What effects does it have? There is no way to create a perfect atmosphere for all of my gardens, so I've got to test the mettle, and see.
I've planted strong plants. Early Perennials. Most of whom can handle a little cold and as much as I don't want them to die, I can't take away the cold winds, and the snow always. They need to grow hardy and strong, anyway. A few of my plants thrive in this weather. That is what is best for them. My Columbine would not like to be set down by a heater set at eighty degrees.
So I didn't go outside. I watched, and waited, and hoped. The sun came out, the snow began to melt, the wind still blew, and just so you don't think I am heartless, I pushed some of my pots out into the sun. Maybe there will be a few negative repercussions with a plant or two, but I at least I will know, be a better gardner and remember to check the weather every day.
- Red Clover