9 11, 2017

First Frost/Freeze of Season Due this Weekend in D.C. Area

2018-03-01T16:43:53+00:00

Right on time, the first frost/freeze of the season is due this weekend, here in the Magical Mid-Atlantic, specifically Friday night. With the turning of the seasons comes a list of things to do to put your garden to bed for the winter season so it can rest: Without delay, bring your tender houseplants and tropicals inside. Check for insects and spray accordingly, if you believe in spraying. [...]

First Frost/Freeze of Season Due this Weekend in D.C. Area 2018-03-01T16:43:53+00:00
7 09, 2016

Please Be Sure to Water!

2018-03-07T17:29:18+00:00

I think all of us here in the Magical Mid-Atlantic were hoping for some good, soaking rains from Tropical Storm Hermine this past week; alas, it is drier than ever.  We must be very diligent about watering (soaking) our gardens as we prepare our plants to go dormant before they head into winter. I am beginning to see plants drying out in some of the gardens I am [...]

Please Be Sure to Water! 2018-03-07T17:29:18+00:00
8 04, 2016

HARD FREEZE EXPECTED SATURDAY NIGHT

2018-03-07T17:32:28+00:00

  Dear Friends in the D.C. area, I know this is getting old! Here we go again: Freeze Warning for Saturday night, April 9th. This Saturday night’s freeze could be the coldest of the recent late freezes. If it gets into the 20s, we could have widespread damage. In my own garden, there was some damage from the 31F or 32F we got the other night. I had damage [...]

HARD FREEZE EXPECTED SATURDAY NIGHT 2018-03-07T17:32:28+00:00
19 03, 2016

Possible Frost/Freeze Early Next Week

2018-03-07T17:36:49+00:00

Just as we were getting used to all this balmy, Spring weather, March rears its ugly side to hit us with possible damaging frosts and freezes on Sunday and Monday night (Monday night is predicted to be the coldest). Here are a couple of things to keep in mind over the next few days: Tender annuals, vegetables, etc. The average last frost date for the D.C. metro area is [...]

Possible Frost/Freeze Early Next Week 2018-03-07T17:36:49+00:00
18 10, 2015

FREEZE WARNING Tonight for the D.C. Area

2018-03-08T16:18:35+00:00

Take photos of your favorite plant combinations, before the frost, so you can repeat them next year. Here, we have variegated spider plants, purple heart, and sprengeri asparagus fern, all tender to frosts and freezes. Right on time, the first freeze of the season is due in the D.C. area tonight. Not all areas will see a freeze (or even a frost), but it's time to prepare, just the [...]

FREEZE WARNING Tonight for the D.C. Area 2018-03-08T16:18:35+00:00
15 04, 2014

Freeze Warning Tonight (4/15/14) and Maybe Wednesday Night, Too

2018-03-08T16:29:15+00:00

I was hoping I wouldn’t have to write this…there is a Freeze Warning posted for tonight, Tuesday, April 15, in the D.C. metro area. Be ready for Wednesday night, too, just in case. This is not uncommon at this time of year when we are teetering between warmth one day and cold the next. The recent warmth brought out new growth on most plants.   In my own garden, I [...]

Freeze Warning Tonight (4/15/14) and Maybe Wednesday Night, Too 2018-03-08T16:29:15+00:00
25 03, 2013

A Tale of Two Seasons

2013-03-25T08:20:32+00:00

Woke up to this: Every twig, every leaf, every surface has snow on it. When I look up into the trees, the first thing that pops into my head is "reindeer antlers", for some reason.  What do you think? Soon, I hope, the temperature will rise above freezing so the snow will begin to drop off the plants.  It's heavy and wet, and many of the shrubs are arching [...]

A Tale of Two Seasons 2013-03-25T08:20:32+00:00
26 10, 2012

Preparing for Hurricane Sandy–Garden and Home

2012-10-26T16:08:03+00:00

As more information becomes available about the landfall of Hurricane Sandy, it seems that the Mid-Atlantic will be affected, perhaps severely. Begin to prepare now while there is still plenty of time. We don’t know exactly what conditions we’ll experience, of course, until it happens, but best to be prepared. As many of you know, my garden suffered tremendous damage during Hurricane Isabel in 2003. I lost three 100+ [...]

Preparing for Hurricane Sandy–Garden and Home 2012-10-26T16:08:03+00:00
3 03, 2012

Bearded Iris in Wilmington, NC…on March 2??

2012-03-03T00:38:30+00:00

Tornadoes over much of the East today as we enter meteorological Spring.  Terrible and sad.  It's the season for unsettled weather. We had temperatures in the mid-80sF here in Wilmington, NC, yesterday.  I had some surprises on my 'coffee walk' this morning around our garden.  The most astounding bloom is the Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) that popped into flower overnight in the thick, humid air.  Here's what I saw [...]

Bearded Iris in Wilmington, NC…on March 2?? 2012-03-03T00:38:30+00:00