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Blog entry by Iris43 posted 03-28-2012 12:11 PM 2062 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

How we revelled in the wonderfully warm temps we had for two weeks! It really did feel like spring had sprung. .

My magnolia, which usually blooms in late April or early May, was just on the cusp of bloom…...

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And the Royal Star magnolia was in full bloom!

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And then, Monday night…. -8C*

Not such a pretty sight now…

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It’s enough to make one cry. :’(

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'



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MsDebbieP

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posted 03-28-2012 01:21 PM

ah :(
the same with my apricot tree… and now we have to wait another year and cross our fingers again :(

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 03-28-2012 01:40 PM

Oh, I wish you did not lose them, Iris. Those magnolia blooms were beautiful. I just hope the bushes (and Debbie’s apricot tree) themselves are unharmed and will be blooming for you again next year. Sometimes gardening can be so frustrating.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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jroot

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posted 03-28-2012 02:02 PM

I’m so sorry to hear about your buds, Iris. I can understand your devastation.

I haven’t checked mine yet. ... just a minute….

.... so far, the magnolia that I have seems to be okay. It is a very late bloomer. I was worried about the tree peonies, but they look to be okay. Time will tell.

The rhodos seem to be okay as well.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Iris43

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posted 03-28-2012 02:18 PM

I felt really bad to see what the frost had done to the trees, but I knew this would probably happen. It was way too early to think we would not get more frosty nights. We have three full moons to get through bf May 2-4.

Jroot, I am able to cover all my peony trees (they are still small enough to put a pail or some other protection over them). The magnolias have gotten too big for me to cover them with anything. I know there is a type of magnolia that blooms later. My yellow on seems to be like that as the one bud (:D) it has this year seems ok. We’ll see.

Robin, having the blooms freeze on these trees does not seem to harm the trees. Maybe even good for them as they will not have to support the bloom. So sorry about MsDeb’s apricots though. That is a whole year bf another crop.

Although it’s frustrating when one loses blooms after a whole year of waiting, not as devastating as losing a food crop due to having the buds freeze.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

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posted 03-28-2012 02:23 PM

good thing I have other fruit trees…

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Iris43

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posted 03-28-2012 02:35 PM

Watch the buds on your other trees, MsDeb. The unseasonal temps have forced so many trees too early.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

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posted 03-29-2012 02:25 AM

the plum tree was ready to bud out but I think they’ve held back now… please, please, please….

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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sharad

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posted 04-01-2012 10:32 AM

Iris sorry to hear damage to magnolia and others. They were looking so good. Will they not flower again when the weather warms up by next month?
Debbie, sorry to see the loss of the precious apricot. Has such things happen before?

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Iris43

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posted 04-01-2012 12:15 PM

They did look promising, didn’t they, Sharad. No, they will not set buds again this spring. Magnolias set their buds in the previous year, and then bloom first thing come spring. However, the tree will be ok. The leaves, which come much later than the flower buds will still grow and feed the tree for another year.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

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posted 04-01-2012 12:22 PM

it’s the risk plants take in Canada. I really do need to look into buying some early/late varieties of fruit trees to help cover all the bases.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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