April Snow

A 2 a.m. photo during the snow…

The forecasters were correct for once, although we really didn’t get much rain at all before it turned into snow as the temperatures fell. By evening, even the tiny, tiny flakes were beginning to form a thin blanket. I’d been out mid-afternoon to cover the things I could: blooming gooseberries, black currants strawberries. All the flats of young seedlings were moved back into the greenhouse. Frost protection was put on the 2″ peas in both beds.

At 2 a.m. I woke and slipped on a jacket and boots, grabbed the camera and went out to get a photo of the Deck Garden. There’s a “security” light on a pole above the elder which provided enough light to take the picture above. The snow fell so softly, with no wind at all. I measured 4″ on the deck rails.

There are over 300 tulips under there!

This morning, the snow still hasn’t moved a bit because it is perfectly still. Every tiny branch, fence wire and leaf is coated. The Front Garden (above) certainly looks different than it did in the photos taken earlier this week for the “Spring is Surging/Tulip Evaluation” post! It’s 23 degrees F at the moment, so the snow won’t be melting for a bit, but maybe that’s a good thing to provide some insulation from the cold. A few tulips couldn’t bear the load, bent and dumped their coating of snow. It will be interesting to see if some varieties survive in better shape than others. And here’s the Deck Garden in daylight.

It’s a pretty photo, in an odd sort of way…

The Deck Garden tulips were beginning to drop petals, so I don’t have high hopes for there being much left once the snow is gone. The “Tang Dynasty” are an earlier flowering collection, but they’ve been gorgeous. And here’s the potager viewed from the deck.

I’ll trudge out there later to see how things look.

I’m wishing now that I’d covered the sweet peas in the potager. Hopefully they will be okay. The forecasters say it will be mid-40’s today, so the snow will melt, then drop to 23 again tonight. Next week, it will hit 80 degrees!!! The fava beans won’t like that, and the kale will probably bolt. That’s Indiana weather.

Now I’m wishing I’d picked them all!

It may be the end of the tulips, so I’m savoring the bouquet I picked before the snow began. The “Geranium” narcissus smell heavenly, and the tulips are lovely. I’m glad I had a chance to see all the redbuds, crab apples, magnolias, and other fruit trees in blossom on Monday when I drove to my mother’s, about an hour away. Spring is fleeting, and we must remember to capture some of its beauty in our memories.


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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10 Responses to April Snow

  1. bcparkison says:

    This has been a crazy Spring …or maybe not. You keep good records so is this normal?


  2. Yikes! And here I’ve had to water my tulips as it hasn’t rained for weeks. Topsy turvy.


  3. Amy Rich says:

    We got only a little snow here in Southern Indiana. I was hoping that if we were getting it anyway that we might at least get enough for the visual drama of snow on the April flowers, but that didn’t happen. Thankfully, I think our temperatures were just barely below freezing, so hopefully my plants will be spared major damage.


  4. Jo Shafer says:

    And I thought our climate here in Eastern Washington was weird. Moving Day on the 2nd of April, 1975, was during a snow storm. At the time, I thought, “What an adventure!”


  5. Hope your tulips recover well! Very beautiful photographs.


  6. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Your erratic weather must be a real challenge to gardeners! We have had no rain since Easter so I am watering, the days are mostly warm but we have had several sharp frosts – most unseasonal and very unhelpful!


  7. stcoemgen says:

    I have has similar frustrating weather this month. But, I try to remain philosophical, and so repeat to myself the old saying: April does what it wants….. 😐


  8. Beth says:

    Beautiful snow outside and lovely flowers to enjoy inside on the winter day!


  9. fgrtommo says:

    Crazy Spring here too in Gloucestershire, England. Weeks of overnight frosts and glorious sunshine during the day. Hard to know what to do with the garden but great weather for walking.


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