Yes, I can tell it's coming. Acorns are falling, we hear the loud 'ping' as they hit the metal roof of the storage sheds, the propane tank, and the pergola roof. Leaves are changing and falling almost immediately. It was the summer that never was here. We had so much rain, 7 inches over our normal rainfall. I think the robins and wood thrushes left in July and we haven't seen them since. The hummingbird female may still be here - at least she was yesterday. She's been intrigued by a small ripe tomato on the plant outside the window. I've watched her buzz around that tomato so many times. She's sure anything that color must surely have some nectar - lol
This week, I heard some branches snapping in the woods and spotted this buck rubbing the velvet from his antlers.
In July? Yep. I had a lot of bulbs leftover from the co-op last December. The bulbs were in the greenhouse all winter and about a month ago, I just started placing them on top of the soil in flower pots outside. They are now blooming their heads off.
The hosta did bounce back, although I had to trim off a lot of frozen leaves and they are much smaller this year. But I'm sure they will be fine next spring. Lily bulbs - ouch - so many were already over a foot high. Many froze. They won't bloom this year. I will add bulb food in the fall and hope they come back next year. I still have a lot coming into bloom and I had a lot of bulbs to plant, so they is plenty of color. The bleeding hearts went back into dormancy. They usually last until August here in the moist shade we have, but they die back immediately after the freeze. I don't think they will be damaged though. The Rose of Sharon were just starting to leaf out. Those leaves froze. It took about a month for new foliage to emerge. No blooms yets. From what I gathered from the local weather site, we were at 30 degrees for about 4 hours that night.
I finally got a picture of a bear. They usually come around after dark and I've never got a good picture. The crows were making a real fuss in the trees and I went out to see what they were tormenting.
May 19th and the garden is frozen this morning. The plants with leaves of thinner substance are really shriveled and bent over right now. Monkshood, peonies and bleeding hearts look the worst. I have more than a dozen plants of each in different areas of the yard. I don't know what damage this will do to the more than 100 lilies that are forming buds at this time. And the hostas, over a 1,000 plants. I haven't even walked around to look at them yet. It's 34 right now at 7:25 am. The trees here have not leafed out yet, so the sun will warm the garden in a short time this morning. All I can say is, "aaaaaah, crap!!"
I'm Pam and I live in the Pocono Mts in NE PA with my husband of 36 years. We have a half acre wooded lot and a small log cabin home. I LOVE hostas. I run several co-ops each year to buy hostas wholesale from growers. We currently have over 1,000 different varieties growing in our yard plus other shade tolerant plants.