Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Mother nature can be so cruel.



The frost last night was severe as predicted. All of the plants with sappy growth ended up like this Dicentra (bleeding hearts). All the blooms on the Berberis were damaged, so no berries for the birds this year on those. I could go on, but I am not going to. Of now to sort out what I can and pray that it will be a better night tonight. The photo on the header today is the Dicentra before the frost hit it.

15 comments:

Sue Swift said...

Hi Cheryl,
There's an award waiting for you on my blog if you'd like to come and collect it.
Sue

Rose said...

The photo of the bleeding heart is beautiful. I've never had much luck with them, but planted some again last fall so I hope they bloom this year.
What a cruel trick indeed to have a hard frost last night! I hope some of your plants will be able to recover.

Cheryl said...

Hi Rose....Hope your bleeding heart blooms this year for you. I find they like a lot of shade, the sun seems to shrivel them up. Don't know if that is of any help.
I hope they recover to. Shall wait till we have some settled weather and cut them all back.

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
I so understand. Spring came much to early to my gardens last year and a week of hard frost killed many of my plants. I hope your gardens recoup okay. It was very hard for me last year. Know I am sending my best of wishes and understanding.
I am sad for your blooms and the loss of the berries for this fall and winter.
Climate change has effected my gardens too.
Are your bees okay?
We will keep watch.
Hugs,
Sherry

Cheryl said...

Hi Sherry...It has been a hard day today and I know you truly understand. So many plants are in an awful state. I don't know if they will recover bu time will tell.
I hope my bees are okay, they have not come out yet, but they will wait until the time is right. I will come and visit when they do and let you know.

I am just hoping this time will pass and give my garden some healing time.

Thank you Sherry as always for your kindness and caring.

I do hope you are feeling somewhat better.

Mark said...

Hi Cheryl,
I guess we are going to see more of this sort of thing as everything seems to be topsy turvey.

Cheers Mark

Cheryl said...

I think you are absolutely right Mark, sigh.

Terrie B x said...

Oh the weather is awful this Year..thankfully we havent had the snow !!!!but the poor plants and all the Widlife must be suffering terribly:(
Hope your all well Cheryl:)

zhakee said...

Yes, frost takes its toll of our gardens. I try to grow things nowadays that do well with my climate so I don't have to see such damage. Severe frost 2 winters ago wiped out many of my perennials. Hopefully your plants will recover and bring you lots more new growth!

beckie said...

Cheryl, Oh! What a terrible day for you. Hopefully some will come back. I am so glad to know the bees aren't out yet. I guess they really do know when the time is right. I hope tomorrow is better for you! One tomato(that you sent) is up! Still no poppies or cerinthe, but it's only been 6 days. Need to be patient.

Cheryl said...

Tku all for your comments.

Beckie glad to hear tomato seeds are showing.

Cerinthe and poppies will take a while, you are right patience is the answer here.

Chris said...

I am sorry to see your pics:-( We are lucky to live so near to the coast I think, even on the weather maps last night the predicted frost did not come to us. I am sure your garden will survive. My sister married about 30 years ago this week and it snowed on her wedding day! I remember how cold it was! Hang in there, it will be well.

Cheryl said...

So pleased your garden has not been damaged.
Thanks for words of encouragement, that is really what I needed, bless you.

kate smudges said...

Ouch! That is a hard to take at this time of year. These severe frosts can swoop down one night and then the following day can be gloriously beautiful.

I loved hearing about how the bird got the vine weevils. I'm especially pleased because I have just spent the past hour or so dabbing rubbing alcohol on mealybugs.

Your robin photo is beautiful!

Cheryl said...

Mealy bugs are a pain, horrible job.
My robin was grateful to help me out.
The frost are still continuing, it has been painful to watch the damage. Still another day tomorrow.