I can't seem to escape death lately. It's gone beyond people now & is pursuing me into my stressfree zone ~ the garden & its inhabitants. Stop the madness, I beg you...
Remember the last post? Well, we had a record low temperature that night ~ 6 degrees above zero ~ extreme cold for April.
It took out even the stalwarts of my spring perennial garden.
Bleeding heart crumbled & turned to mush:
As did Rhubarb:
Before the storm, I snapped one photo of Helleborus 'Phoebe:'
thank goodness I did, for now her beautiful blooms lay sprawled across the garden soil:
horizontal & brown ~ blatant evidence of how severe the cold was.. Is there any amount of TLC that can resurrect them now?
What really brought me to my knees tho was the flacid shoots of my favorite Peony 'Coral Charm:'
'Coral Charm' is was a newcomer to my garden.
I'm not sure what this devastating blow means ~ will she return?? Put out new shoots??? Is it a temporary setback or horror-of-horrors, a permanent one???
I am left with no choice but to comfort myself with old photos:
or maybe looking at this makes me lament my loss even more???
Please someone, say something, anything, encouraging.... A complete wipeout is something I've never before (and never again) want to experience.
Now that you've witnessed the cruel hand Mother Nature dealt my garden (and read my diva dramatics), you'll understand why I went in search of something to bolster my spirits. You would do the same, right?
I'm happy to say I found hope in Primula Belarina Nectarine:
My soul aches a tiny bit less.
Maybe Belarina Nectarine is exactly the balm I need.
At least until I venture outside again....
Seriously Winter. Enough is ENOUGH. Go bother someone else already....