We had a bad frost last night, on our official last frost date for the area. When I came downstairs this morning a few minutes after 5, it was 24°F. Is that a frost or a freeze? Lots of our perennial plants were affected. The rudbeckias, Golden Glow and Indian Summer got hit, as did the peonies, tulips, hyssop, and even the bee balm. Fortunately, anything out in the vegetable garden should be OK — beets, lettuce, spinach, carrots, leeks, and celery and brassicas under row cover. The carrots are only fitfully germinating anyway, sigh.
Bad enough for Henbogle’s garden, but far worse for the region’s growers. I’m sure fruit trees of all types were impacted, and possibly berries, too. Ugh. Imagine a year without strawberries — heartbreaking!
And to think, I was seriously contemplating setting out my tomatoes last weekend — under row cover, but still. Good thing I came to my senses!