It’s been a warm winter and a cold spring here in central Ohio. The perfect combination for disaster in the garden. The cold nights have taken a toll on some of my flowers, especially the wisteria. A couple weeks ago, we had several nights in the 20’s, and it totally destroyed every blossom on my the vine. I had worked two days in February severely pruning this vine down to two buds per branch, as recommended. I was afraid I had killed it, but it rewarded my efforts with more blossoms than it has ever had. All for naught, this is still how it looks today. Two weeks later, the leaves haven’t even had the courage yet to make an appearance.
Needless to say, I was devastated. The cold went on to damage the tender Hosta leaves as they were emerging. I have never seen the Hostas get zapped before, and many of them look deformed. I thought the lilacs had escaped damage, but not so. This week’s bouquet are the lilacs I was able to salvage. These are the early varieties that were in bloom when the cold came, and they came through quite well. But the varieties that were still in bud, are a total loss.
Even the clusters that survived are not full and lush. But it is what it is, and I am grateful for that.
I had hoped to try a combined vase of lilacs and wisteria, but that will have to wait until next spring. Because of the skimpy lilacs, this vase ended up being more leaves than flowers.
All in all, it still ended up as a decent bouquet, and it does smell heavenly.
The bouquet adorns the freshly cleaned porch and every time I walk in and out, it greets me with its wonderful fragrance.
I was hoping to spend some of my working from home hours at this table, but more unseasonably cold weather is forecast for the next two weeks. Beginning to wonder if it will ever warm up.
Joining with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for “In a Vase on Monday”, where lovely floral arrangements from around the world and country can be seen.