Where is Spring?

Kwanzan Cherry Prunus serrulata

Kwanzan Cherry Prunus serrulata

 

Where is Spring?

This crazy weather is starting to get annoying.  We had a tease of Spring about a month ago when we hit 80° and are ready for its return.  We started moving plants out of the greenhouse and some got a bit of frost in late March and a bit more early April.  The girls endured twenty seven degrees and have taken several weeks to recover.

 

Severe frost/freeze damage occurred a few weeks ago.

Severe frost/freeze damage occurred a few weeks ago.

 

 

 

 

We can see that this will be one of those winters that go straight to summer here in our area.  Living here in the South, we also have another scurge that took some getting used to after moving here…pollen!  It coats everything here – your car, your sidewalk, and you can feel it on your skin as it floats through the air like a foggy Spring morning.  It comes from the big old southern pine trees that are everywhere down here.  Loblollys, Mud, and Splash Pines are common and they all shed pollen at the same time.

Pollen on the ceramic tile in the gazebo.

Pollen on the ceramic tile in the gazebo.

 

Spring in the South is a different creature, compared to that in the North.  You can get major teases really early and shocking cold snaps into the first weeks of April.  The cooler temperatures this Spring have enabled the cool crops to thrive before the heat of Spring.  All the cold crops can be planted in the late fall here in South Carolina and thrive in the mild days and cool nights.  The southern favorite, collard greens, just love the cooler temps and produce abundant harvests until the scorching summer heat arrives.  The strawberries and blueberries are in full bloom and the peaches are getting close.  Folks are concerned for the fruit with our lows in the upper twenties.

With all the negatives, there are lots of positives.  The trees and shrubs all begin to bloom, the azaleas (which are everywhere) are just breathtaking.  It is a sight to see the Chinese Wisteria that is sometimes 50 feet up in the trees forming a lavender waterfall down to a beautiful dogwood underplanted with azaleas.

Chinese Wisteria

Chinese Wisteria

Chinese Wisteria

Chinese Wisteria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The creeping phlox are covering the beds with a blanket of blooms. Its time to get the vegetables into the ground so they get a chance to get established before the summer heat.

Creeping Plox

Creeping Phlox

The camellias are beginning to wind down and a majority of the Spring bulbs have finished blooming.  The fury of outdoor preparations are in full swing, as everyone in the area has to get their lawns and gardens in pristine shape before the Masters (yes, that little golf thing is right up the street).

We have been working very hard to update the website.  Not being computer literate, it has been a much bigger task than originally planned.  We continue to find bugs and appreciate your patience as we work them out.

Ambiance Amaryllis

Ambiance Amaryllis

We have had to create an entirely new website.  This enables us to tie all aspects of social media and the website without posting the same information on each site individually.  We hope to have a more interactive experience for you with information, coupons and maybe some contests as well.  Sure wish we could win the lottery so we could pay someone to make all these changes.  It has been nerve racking, to say the least!  We have lots of spring photos to posts and should be seeing some new seedlings blooming soon.  A lot of the brugs are starting to leaf back out after the freeze and are showing buds, so more blooms are coming soon.