April 30, 2012
Hoar Frost on a Late April Morning
I keep blogging about all the unusual weather we have been experiencing. Just a couple of weeks ago, the temperatures soared to 90ºF for a few days, encouraging the perennial gardens to really emerge and fill out. It was so warm, in fact, that it was tempting to start planting annuals. However, as any seasoned gardener should know, no matter how warm the temperatures may be, one should always heed the frost date for safe planting. Here in the northeast, that day falls in mid-May and I’m glad that we paid attention because things got back to normal and late April brought frosty mornings, which is no friend to those tender annuals.
1 I heard on the weather report last Wednesday that there was a danger of frost and early on Thursday morning, I discovered that the report was accurate.
2 The wooden furniture on my patio was iced with hoar frost. Hoar frost is a scattering of white ice crystals deposited on the ground or exposed objects that form on cold clear nights.
3 Hoar frost upon the paddock fencing
4 Another view - The sun was just rising, creating great, long shadows. You can see the blooming azaleas in the back ground.
5 The paddock, too, was quite frosty.
6 The recently mowed grass was heavily frosted.
7 This is a row of newly planted linden trees. There is actually another row in the next paddock over, forming an allee. I think, as these trees mature, that an allee in this location will be visually appealing in the farm's landscape.
8 The standard wisterias are in full fragrant bloom and fortunately, the blossoms were not harmed by the frost.
9 Another view in this early morning glow with the long pergola
10 The sun is a bit higher here, exposing more of the lovely lavender shade of the wisteria.
11 The shade garden is magnificent this year! - Ostrich ferns, mayapple, and hostas
12 The herbaceous peony garden is also having a splendid spring. Here, the string supports are being laced through the eyes of metal stakes. The supports will keep the heavy flower heads from drooping to the ground.
13 We call this cat's cradle for peonies.
14 Another view - The boxwood is so green and healthy and the azaleas are magnificent.
15 A beautiful vista
16 Looking towards the Summer House and a glowing grove of azalea
17 More azalea
18 Looking back towards the east across the farm - Wilmer is very good at tying cat's cradle.
19 This is the stone pathway leading up to the stone terrace.
20 The tri-color hedge on the terrace is comprised of teucrium on the outer edge, boxwood in the middle, and golden barberry on the interior. Each is pruned to a different height giving a sculpted appearance.