Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Crocus Vigil Day 17: Freezing Rain, Winter's Last Hoorah

After hanging up my big winter coat 'for good' this season, I came home to freezing rain yesterday! Little ice balls dotted the mulch, they were actually quite pretty.

I'm trying not to freak out because I know the crocuses will be just fine. Every article I read re-assures me that everything will be just fine. Forecasts say lows will be down to 18°F on Wednesday - but I have to remind myself that the ground has done quite a bit of warming up over the past few weeks, on those days when it was sunny and 65. What a tease!

The clay soil actually warms slower, but will also cool slower - retaining the heat from earlier and leaving the croci basically unphased by the overnight dip.

crocus in winter
I hope that new white shoot in the center is the actual flower poking through

crocuses frozen rain
Croci doing their best, taking their sweet time

frozen rain balls
Little frozen rain balls on a patio chair

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