Thursday, April 26, 2012

‘Witching’ Iris, Frost Damage and Front Walk…

Well it seems to be warming up after another run of cold weather mixed in after weeks of summer like weather.  It has been so hard on many of my plants.  I feel I have done my best to protect them, but we will not know for sure for a few weeks.  Many of my Jap. maples have lost over half of their leaves and look stunted.  Other things like crepe myrtles and altheas took the frost poorly, but I hope they come out of it in time to bloom later this summer.  Things like hostas, astilbies and ferns look fried.  Many were leafing out again after the first big frost here over a week ago, then we got an additional 2 nights of cold.  They will be okay, just set back a bit…. they were so beautiful this year.  :(
Here you can see my big ‘Nikko Blue’ mophead hydrangea has a bit of damage, but still looks pretty good.  I covered it with a quilt…. “tucking it in” to handle the cold.  I lost all my blooms 3 years ago and missed them so much, it is quite large and so beautiful.  I did all I could, but this weather is crazy.
(Sensation Alliums and Mountain Bluet are the purple and blue blooms.)
All in all, Sunday and Monday night I covered 25 different shrubs.  I was almost taking the sheets off of our beds to cover everything, even my husband was out there helping in the effort, checking the weather for me.  I just have so many plants anymore.  I only try to save the ‘front walk area’ the ones in the back and outward are on their own.  Actually, everything looks pretty good considering.  The roses look a bit crispy and the blooms are darker, yet opening.  This time the irises didn’t get too affected.  I had some bend over and fall the last freeze, but it did not get quite as cold this last one.
Here is a lovely first time blooming iris in my garden…. ‘Witching’.  Usually I am not a fan of brown irises, but for this one I will make an exception.  It is so soft and frilly with a light purple, bluish accent.  It is on the smaller size, place it near the front of the border to enjoy.
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Happy Gardening….Brooke

I garden in Southwestern Indiana, Zone 6b. Garden tours are available during season. I also lecture and freelance write for gardening sites. If you are interested in my content, please email me for more information.
If you are in my area I have reblooming and hybrid irises and daylilies for sale during early fall. I also have select heirloom seeds for sale or trade.

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  1. I certainly can relate to your difficulties with frost.... We've spent at least 100 hours covering and uncovering the gardens this year and it's getting very old right about now. Frost again tonight and through the weekend. I've gotten quite proficient at covering japanese maples.. it's all in the burlap and the clothes pins!! Take care and may warmer days come your way... Larry

  2. Hasn't this weather been crazy! My plants are so confused...a week of in the 90's now back down to such colder weather. I'm confused too, I must change clothes several times a day...can't Mother Nature amke up her mind? LOL
    Wishing your plants recover ♥

  3. Your gardens are absolutely breathtaking! My daughter lives in Middlebury Indiana and Ive sparked the ol garden flame in her soul as well,your blog is so inspirationaland Im so happy to be following you and to see how your garden grows:))

  4. What a lovely garden! I am happy to see a peek at Indiana. My son went to school at IU. I live in the southwest but I am enjoying my iris right now too.

  5. this all looks absolutely have created such a charming garden. My iris are blooming too, I love the soft pink ones.

  6. Beautiful Garden! Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Loved having you visit.


  7. I have enjoyed my visit today...gorgeous post!
    I wish I had more time to visit all of my favorites every time you all post!
    Thank you so much for linking in and sharing your post with my party today! I am sharing this post on my Tootsie Time Facebook page! Have a wonderful day!!!
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  8. Hi Brooke, I know what you mean. A couple of years ago the same thing happened here. My Japanese Maple was "destroyed" for that year. Hope everything survives and blooms out. You have a wonderful garden walkway. Thanks so much for linking up to VIF!


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