This is the sight that greeted me on the morning of March 4, 2014, a day that shook my faith in my skills as a meteorological forecaster. Next year, when friends and passersby ask me at the end of February or beginning of March if I think it's safe to plant/prune/whatever, I have an answer ready: "remember what happened this time last year?"
I am thankful to report that despite being laid low by the combination of rain and an extended period of sub-freezing temperatures, the garden has rebounded somewhat as of this Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day*. True, the toadflax are still flopping, much to the displeasure of the Head Gardener, who would prefer we be much more ruthless in our thinning of seedlings.
Many of the roses were set back by the unforeseen cold snap: tender new growth and younger buds were damaged. The blooms on the 'Anna' and 'Dorsett' apple espalier were at a critical point. Tiny apples were just forming and those are now dropping off the branches. New blooms have taken their place, though.
And the formerly bedraggled bluebonnets are bursting into bloom!
*Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol of May Dreams Gardens. Thanks, Indy!