Urban Garden Denver Blog

The Long View

The forecast of 6-12 inches of snow along with low temperatures of 9 degrees (Fahrenheit!) seem disastrous in the short-term, especially since the warm weather of the last week has encouraged the leafing out of many plants and the blossoming of trees. The likely scenario is that fruit trees will have frozen blossoms (such as no peaches this summer from my tree). In addition, trees, shrubs and perennials will be setback in their spring growth. Nothing much we can do about that scenario.

A friend asked me this weekend if I was going to cover anything in my yard; but I can’t really put a dome over my whole yard, and the harsh wind that is blowing now even before the snow would uncover any attempts I might make at protection. The one protective attempt I might undertake is running a load of laundry tomorrow night when I go to bed. Sounds odd, but my dryer vent is near my peach tree at the side of my home, and perhaps one dryer cycle might save a few blossoms from freezing. I don’t think running the dryer all night is worth the energy consumption, but surely I can find some laundry to make one cycle worthwhile. If it doesn’t work, at least I will have clean towels in the morning.april bouquet

I picked some bouquets yesterday so I could enjoy the now in my garden – sweet-smelling hyacinths are now gracing my dining room table, along with grape hyacinths and daffodils. And I cut a branch of peach blossoms for my kitchen counter. I’m not sure what will happen tomorrow in my garden, but I can enjoy the flowers of today.

Peach Blossoms

Peach Blossoms

In addition, over the long-term, having gardened my little urban plot for more than 15 years, I know that most of my plants will recover from this setback. And I can hope that the snow does fall to insulate plants, and that the cold isn’t quite as cold as the forecast predicts. And I can be thankful that today I have a garden plot, and that tomorrow, whatever the weather, I hope to rise in the morning in my cozy home. There will be more April days to garden, more rain, more snow, more wind, more drought, and more flowers. I’m choosing to focus on the flowers.

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  1. * Carol Kuykendall says:

    Sent from my iPad

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 1 month ago
    • * Karen Aalund says:

      Carla, I love your reminder to be thankful for each day. At the risk of sounding corny, I am going to try to take time to smell the roses when I can. 🙂

      | Reply Posted 7 years, 1 month ago

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