Repeat Performance

Oh, it would be nice if this were a post about flowers that bloom twice in a season!

Sadly, it’s not.

Here is my front garden on Tuesday morning, May 6.

Here is my front garden on Tuesday morning, May 6.

And here it is on Sunday, May 11.

And here it is on Sunday, May 11.

Last year we had a similar snow on May Day. This year, Mother’s Day. Does that mean next year, Memorial Day?

Fortunately, there appears to be no long-term damage. However, this late storm serves as a reminder that average last frost dates (now officially May 10 in Colorado Springs) are not guaranteed last frost dates. A few clients chomp at the bit to get annual color and plants fresh from the greenhouse at the first opportunity to wear short sleeves. Wise is the gardener who waits.

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2 thoughts on “Repeat Performance

  1. That can be really heartbreaking. For us, spring was maddeningly late, but we did not have any really hard frosts after the crocus were blooming.

    • Cheryl says:

      The good news: we recovered very well. The timing of the hail meant that many plants simply rebooted and did so with the help of natural moisture.

      Your place is looking fabulous, Jason.

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