Oh, today we’re cooking but two days ago we had nighttime temperatures drop to -3C. That’s about 28F. We had covered the annuals with newspaper. Despite that, many died anyway. When I inspected my garden the morning after the freeze, my heart broke. All three Giant White Fleeceflowers collapsed to the ground. I’m sure the roots are fine and maybe they’ll spring back next year but that’s it for this year.
Walking around, the devastation was widespread. My purple smoke bush had leafed out but all those leaves looked burnt and drooped. Who knows if the rest will leaf out. Some of the leaves on the Japanese Maple were hit, others weren’t. Parts of my Hydrangeas were burned from the frost.
In the vegetable garden, about 30% of the newly sprouted beans died. That’s OK. I’m on my way out there and I’ll pull those and plant more.
To make matters worse, we’re having a drought. Hell, we’re now having July weather and it’s only May. I don’t know what will become of all this.