This Month's Featured Plant
Trillium handles the cold! In fact, they are snug underground and have no idea that for the last half of February, Mother Nature unleashed upon us the most difficult weather in recent history. You can still order Trillium for March shipping before they break dormancy. Read more about our Trilliums, and what it takes to grow them for you, in our blog.
Normally, February here is just cold with little bursts of snow that doesn’t last more than a day. But not this year. Snow started on Feb. 15, and as of the beginning of March, it is still here. This is mostly because after the first snow, it rained hard overnight, then that froze with temperatures going below zero. And for two weeks, fields and forests stayed frozen under 2 inches of ice and two more snowfalls. East and north facing roads did not thaw (we don’t believe in snow plows, salt, sand, or chains here), so driving was dangerous without 4 wheel drive. Schools were out for 2 weeks. Thousands of unfortunate people lost electricity when ice covered limbs fell on power lines. This was more than a minor inconvenience. We, however, were very lucky. No power outage, no frozen pipes, no accidents, cold frames held up well, and so far, our plants look good. We have not removed all of the blankets yet, and more temperatures in the teens are expected this week. This is definitely not normal for east Tennessee. Well, maybe it IS the new normal.
Typically, though, days in March here, can be brilliantly sunny and warm enough to convince you that spring is indeed here, only to be followed by 40 degree drops at night. Surface soils thaw and freeze again. But this is when spring beauties, bloodroot, lenten roses, Carolina jessamines, and creeping phlox are coming into full glory. Trout lilies carpet the forest floor. These flowers love the cold, clean, early spring breezes. Red maples are in flower, and soon, April will be here, and we’ll be in full glorious spring.
Good Companions for Trillium
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