Spring is well on its way here in good ol’ Colorado! However, Spring here ranges from winter to summer and back again, all within a span of a couple days. This type of weather wreaks havoc on our gardens and its important to follow a few steps until Spring has truly arrived. Here are a few tips from my flower garden to yours on how to keep your plants alive during our late spring frost.
1. Don’t pick up all the mulch/grass trimmings/leaves yet. This adds great insulation and protection from our late season frosts.
2. Don’t trim rose bushes yet. Even though the bases are turning green, leave the deadened parts alone until after the frost.
3. Don’t fertilize yet. It will encourage growth, but the tender growth may die back from the cold or weight of the snow.
4. DO water. Of course it depends on the temperature, but if it’s going to be warm for the next couple days go ahead and water your flowers. Even in the winter, if it’s been dry they need moisture.
Here is a great blog from the Colorado State University (CSU) Extension on Spring Gardening. This blog post goes into lawn and tree care for Spring in Colorado and has been a great resource for me.
Here are a few pictures from my garden:
These are wild strawberries. They grow by rhizomes (each plant is connected) and this thing has spread so quickly already. Unfortunately the strawberries take a while to ripen and by then they’ve been ravaged by squirrels and birds.
These are my columbines, they’ve really taken hold here. At first they looked pretty scraggly, but each year they come back stronger and larger than the year before. I am very excited to see them this year!
These actually are on our neighbors side, but they’ve already grown a bunch and it’s only March! You can see another patch of wild strawberry near the base of it.
A very blurry picture of my rose bush. I am very very excited to see this bloom this year. I bought it at Home Depot and it has just thrived. My plan is to purchase two more rose bushes before the summer is over.
I am also very excited to see these bloom. I got these from a friend and the color should be spectacular. I want to say they’re purple, but that will just add to the suspense.
The late frost better not kill my plants!