Apparently, my Saucer Mangolias never stood a chance of blooming this year. The flowers come out before the leaves, and every year is a gamble. Their evolutionary strategy seems to be to bloom before all other trees. I have no good idea why.
The hail that knocked off 20% of the buds was bad enough. The freezes that followed for 2 nights killed the rest. But if that had not happened, it wouldn't have matterred.
The next 6 nights are forecast to hit lows of 22F, 22, 23, 32, 28, and 19! This is horrible March weather for this area.
The earliest daffodil stems fell over, so I don't know WHAT this freezing streak will do the the emerging hyacinths and tulips. For the tulips, I may just have to wait til next year, but I am most worried about the hyacinths.
I planted the hyacinths late in 2015 and they did not emerge at all in Spring 2016. But I gave them another year (hope springs eternal) and they are coming up this year. If this freeze kills them, I will be very sad. I've covered them with old blankets, but low 20s is very cold.
I know "global warming" means global and a warmer climate is actually less predictable and varied. The warmer the climate gets, the more the weather patterns can move around and shift during transition seasons like now.
Nothing a gardener hates more than uncertain weather!