April Fools’ Surprise

Happy April Fools!

We knew it was going to be cold, well below freezing. All the pundits agreed, so I pulled the plastic-covered berry boxes back over the rows of spinach, kale, lettuce, carrots and leeks that we’ve been harvesting over the winter. The weather had been so mild and sunny that I’d taken the boxes off so the crops wouldn’t bolt, but now a layer of fleece was put over the just emerging snow peas, and the heater was turned on in the closed-up greenhouse. I considered picking all the daffodils, but since the low predicted was only 28 degrees F, I decided to do it tomorrow, before the temperature fell even lower, a predicted 21 for Indy, which means probably upper teens for us.

I shouldn’t have been surprised to see a light covering of snow on everything when I awoke, but I was. I hadn’t heard any mention of snow, and even my usually reliably phone Weather App hadn’t indicated a flake. But, flakes are falling even as the sun struggles to peek between the clouds. Today’s high of 37 (so they say) will probably melt the light snow away. Too bad, even a thin sheet makes a difference when temps fall into the teens. A blanket of snow would be better, but there’s no complaining about the weather. It just doesn’t do a bit of good to grumble. Welcome to April!


About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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9 Responses to April Fools’ Surprise

  1. steinergabi says:

    Ottawa Canada is cool also. Easter weekend is going to be warm though. Happy Easter and gardening for all.


  2. I see a lot of people planting out in my area, I’m not chancing it, I’m in no hurry! I know what April can do!! I don’t have the frost cloth and all the things that would save my littles if it were to freeze! Happy April Fools Day!

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  3. carolee says:

    You are wise to wait. I’ve waited too…have sweet peas, calendula and fava beans ready to go in the ground, plus some perennial sages, anchusa, celery…but I’m waiting a bit longer. Won’t put out more than I can cover!


  4. Jo Shafer says:

    That happened to me once several decades ago during a spring luncheon with a couple of friends.


  5. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Easter weekend was beautiful here with warm sunshine but there was frost at night and yesterday I woke to a dusting of snow and some flurries of hail. Winter hasn’t finished with us yet!

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  6. The Resourceful Gardener says:

    As Going Batty notes, it was a beautiful Easter weekend in the UK (I live in London) but with strange little snowy flurries and freezing temperatures at night so I am waiting to plant out tender plants.


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