After a week of reasonable temperatures, I decided it was time to start assessing damage from last week's big late spring freeze. It's not pretty, but there are some positive things.
Here's the worst - the Japanese maple in our backyard.
It doesn't seem that bad from the picture, but here's what happens when you touch the leaves...
They're basically just little crispy pieces of dead leaves. There was an article in the gardening section of the paper this weekend - no one really knows what is going to happen to the trees and bushes that got hit this badly. The branches seem to be fine, but is it going to put out new leaves? No way to know at this point.
Both fig trees are the same way - leaves all dead, the early figs all goners. A few of our other trees and bushes suffered some damage, but nothing as bad as the figs and Japanese maple.
On the other hand, there are some positive signs. All the extra time spent covering our strawberries paid off. They made it through with no problems - lots of flowers plus plenty of berries already started. And then yesterday, I saw this...
So the asparagus made it through too! And all of our daylillies and peonies seem fine. Still waiting to see if our irises are going to bloom or not.
The biggest positive of the entire bad gardening situation is that our seed order was delayed, so we didn't actually have any seeds planted. The day after the last freezing night, our pepper seedlings arrived from Seeds of Change.
There are a few things we have problems getting started - peppers are one of them. Plus, by ordering this seedling set, we get a variety of different sweet peppers.
Now, we're all ready to get started with the garden and get everything planted! Keeping our fingers crossed that everything recovers from this crazy spring weather!