We hope you’re enjoying winter, where ever you might be reading this. If you live near Boston…skip this section. Our winter in NC started out cold, then moderated during January, followed by an unusually late February blast of arctic air.
While we’ve not been as cold as last winter, our cold has come much later. This year, we’ve had five days after the end of January when the temperatures dropped below 20 degrees F. Last year, we had one. Our 9 degree F low last night was the latest recorded date for us to drop into the single digits since we began keeping records in 1978.
If all the plants make it through another night in the teens F tonight, temperatures should start to moderate as we approach March and our Winter Open Nursery and Garden
Winter precipitation offers us so much opportunity to learn by carefully observing. Here is an image of our front grotto walk today. You can see which areas warm first and which areas stay cooler longer. Understanding and locating these microclimates can be very helpful in siting marginal or difficult to grow plants that require more exacting conditions.
Finally, our thoughts are with our friends at the SC Botanical Garden in Clemson as they recover from the Monday freezing rain/ice storm that sent 200 trees in the garden toppling over on their way to the giant mulch pile in the sky. Hang in there, folks!