Janette Kenny

Frozen flowers

We had a gorgeous start to spring. My crocus, jonquils and tulips put on a great showing in varying purples and yellows.

The big flowering crab apple in my front yard was a cloud of fushia, and the enormous lilac (that my grandpa planted) had the largest and most fragrant white clusters I’d seen in a long time. The redbud trees were just starting to show color.

And guess who frittered around and didn’t get a picture of all this beauty?

Pointing fingers at moi, who bragged about her new camera and the ease of taking pictures anytime. Oh, please slap me.

So out of the blue, the cool front turned into a dip back into winter. The flowers might have survived or not suffered so badly if it’d just been one night. But noooo, we had to have a string of below freezing weather.

What’s even sadder is that despite my bitching, all I’m out is the beauty of spring. My plants will survive, and grow and hopefully have a better spring next year.

As I look out my office winter at the withered flowers on the lilac, my thoughts go to those that depend on crops. Across the river, the apple crop for this year is toast. Millions of bucks lost with no way to recoup. I feel so badly for those farmers.

Other produce growers are likewise crushed. It’s sad, and we’ll all pay for this bizarre dip in tempteratures at the market, and when we dine out.

So how is spring in your next of the woods?

6 comments to “Frozen flowers”

  1. Crystal Broyles
    April 10th, 2007 at 9:51 am · Link

    It is cold here. It is sad how the cold weather has effected the flowers and food crops.

  2. Brenda Talley
    April 10th, 2007 at 3:22 pm · Link

    Well, in North Alabama, we went into Spring with temps above 80–then we went right past cool spell and hit cold; the last few nights have been around 22 degrees. It’s started warming up a little, but, of course, now we’re gonna have storms! Glad I’ve got stuff to read so I don’t have to get out too much! BRENDA

  3. Rachel M.
    April 11th, 2007 at 8:00 am · Link

    I love flowers.

  4. Jan
    April 11th, 2007 at 8:39 am · Link

    Exactly, Crystal. Not a pretty spring now. 🙁

    Brenda, I hate the storms–tornadoes. Yuck. We did much the same here. Temps in teh 70s and 80s in March, then the deep plunge into the 20s in April. We have a chance for snow on Sat. Snow!!! Ugh, this isn’t fair.

    Me, too, Rachel. I have a yard full of blooms from spring til fall. Well, most years. 🙂

  5. crystal
    April 12th, 2007 at 9:32 am · Link

    Hi this is another Crystal, But my little one didn’t even get to hunt easter eggs with the church because it was so cold! It snowed here on Friday night when the hunt was Saturday!! What is up with the crazy weather? have a great day! Crystal

  6. Jan
    April 13th, 2007 at 8:42 am · Link

    Oh, I know, Crystal. The weather has been crazy all over the U.S. Maybe the world. Don’t now what’s causing it, but we could have snow tomorrow. Snow!

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