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Forum topic by BlankMan posted 03-23-2012 12:59 PM 1063 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BlankMan

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03-23-2012 12:59 PM

This warm weather we’ve been having has me a bit worried, plants may be waking up a bit early and we usually get below freezing days in April.

My lilac bush, blueberry bushes, currant bushes and assorted other plants have leaves already. My lapins cherry tree started to bloom yesterday and that’s anywhere from about 2 to 4 weeks earlier then I’ve seen before. The tulips are already blooming and aren’t usually all in full bloom until the end of April. Tiger lilies are pretty big already too and buds on the daffodils make me think they’ll be blooming soon too. Scallons are a foot tall from last years seeds and onions are up, both up from last years plantings.

I checked through my archived weather data this past weekend because it’s been so nice I’ve got the itch to plant my vegetable gardens. What I found for the last 6 years is we usually go below freezing in April but the lowest temperature in May for the last 6 years was 36° I think so I was thinking of planting first week of May instead of my usual Memorial Day.

But I’m worried that if we go below freezing the leaves on the bushes and trees might not handle it. Not worried about the tulips they’ve been covered in snow before and not been phased by it and the sedum always seems to be green at ground level even during the winter but are now pretty tall already.

Crazy weather we’ve been having…

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI


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#1 posted 03-23-2012 01:05 PM

I’m worried about this, too. I’ve also got some scattered cherry blossoms, tons of nectarine tree blossoms, but some trees are still woody and kind of dormant looking. I saw the mad rush at Lowes and thought everyone knew something that I didn’t. I’m not convinced that we won’t get another sneaky freeze here in WV.
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Crazy weather, indeed.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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BlankMan

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#2 posted 03-23-2012 01:14 PM

Aw, nectarines, love em. We had a peach tree when I was a kid and got really good peaches from it. Here in Wisconsin I thought that was pretty unusual to have a peach tree. Then one year it had so many peaches it couldn’t handle the weight and broke in many places and that was the end of it.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#3 posted 03-23-2012 01:32 PM

Been wondering the same thing here, we aren’t normally walking around in T-shirts outside at this time if year! I saw my first robin of the year yesterday, saw geese heading north on the 17th, so even the animals are confused.

I’d hate to think what will happen to all the creatures if we get seasonal weather in April!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 03-23-2012 01:39 PM

LOL Saw my first Robin on February 17th if that’s any indication…

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#5 posted 03-23-2012 02:16 PM

Hi Curt,
Formerly from Waukesha so I understand your concerns. The year before we moved to Oklahoma we had 10” of snow the opening day of Bass season. Here in Oklahoma we had such a mild winter that the rose bushes didn’t lose their leaves. I’ve ordered some pine trees this year so I’m glad they won’t be here till the end of the month to plant. My sister in Colorado said she is experiencing the same thing. With the weather patterns we’ve experienced this year and from what I’ve been hearing it sounds like we’ll be safe when it comes to gardening. My tomatoes and peppers seem to be doing well so far. If you do get a freeze warning, do like the orange growers and spray the trees with water it helps to keep them from freezing so bad.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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BlankMan

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#6 posted 03-23-2012 02:50 PM

Greg, spraying water on them? Never heard of that, I would think it freeze and make it worse. Will check that out, thanks.

And just like I said, when I left this morning the daffodils are blooming.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#7 posted 03-23-2012 08:24 PM

I wouldn’t worry about it much – I think this winter is officially over with (as it never really started). look forward to the next 6-7 years to be similar

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Gregn

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#8 posted 03-24-2012 02:14 AM

The orange growers say that the freezing water acts as an insulation to keep the trees and fruit from being damaged by a freeze. They do it a lot in Florida when they get a big freeze.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#9 posted 03-24-2012 02:27 AM

Well then, if I have to I may give the water trick a try. Might not have much to lose. But the neighbors might think I’ve gone loco. er… ;-)

Sharon, you and I both…

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#10 posted 03-24-2012 03:05 PM

I think spraying water would only help if the temperature stayed close to freezing. BTW- The owner of a ski area was vacationing in Florida during a bad freeze. He observed the water spray freezing, then went home to Connecticut and started making artificial snow using the same equipment.

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