Monday, May 13, 2013

A Cold Spring Morning

Monday morning, May 13, at 8:30 a.m. and it is 33 degrees outside, maybe even a little colder since the thermometer outside is against the window and perhaps sensing some of the inner heat coming from the furnace that is running in my home.  After my children left last night, I sat here wrapped up in the afghan that I thought I was done using this season.

Now that the sun is up I need to go outside and remove the frost blankets and the covers I put on the flowers.  My peonies are all in bud and I did not want to lose them.  Last year I did not cover my hydrangeas and all of their beautiful leaves died in a hard frost.

In actuality, this Spring is more like a normal one for our area, unlike last year's high temps in March.  I still have plants just emerging from the ground, but worry about those that seem to be on a rampage to 'do their thing', like the aforementioned peonies.

Here are two pictures of a peony from last year taken two days apart, as the color was fading from rich pink to soft white.  These were already blooming by May 27, if not before.


It will not be exactly 'warm' today, but hopefully enough so that I can get the grass cut again before it rains, if we actually get rain.

I'll try to get out today and take some pictures of what is blooming for my Wednesday post.  Looks like the Snowdrift crabapples are ready to 'pop'.

Have a great Monday.


  1. Warming up here in Mpls, too. We are expecting 90 on Tuesday!!


  2. Beautiful Peony! They're one of my favorite flowers.
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  3. I never managed to grow peonies. I am therefore quite jealous. Here its supposed to freeze tonight which means the asparagus will probably be hurt for a couple of days. Hope your flowers will be OK.


  4. we are having a little cooler weather today--hope we all warm up--lovely pics :)

  5. I left home this morning to gray skies and wearing a coat. Now I am in Indiana and it is in the 80's.

  6. It was almost freezing here this morning too, and more frost threatened. I can't wait to see my peonies. I have a couple of tree peonies and a row of frilly herbaceous peonies. They are among my favorites.

    1. Funny how I was complaining about the cool temps when I would welcome them right now. 90 outside!


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