What a difference a day makes
If you were outside yesterday you were pretty certain spring was here. The temperatures were a balmy 76 degrees and sunny skies. I was outside all afternoon taping television spots for Garvan Gardens. Plants are moving at warp speed. The flowering quince were lovely and they had three colors in full bloom from white to pink to red. This plant is so showy in the late winter/early spring garden. Last year we had blooms on them in late December and still had flowers in early March. They are pretty early, but don’t look stunning in late summer. For that reason they are best interspersed with other shrubs or on the perimeter of the garden.
The flowering cherry tree at the koi pond was in full bloom with the other varieties nearby not even showing color. Camellia japonica varieties were in full bloom all over the garden in various shades of pink, red and white. While many gardens have some crocus and daffodils beginning to bloom, Garvan already has some hyacinths blooming and tulips beginning to flower–and it was February 8!
The hydrangeas are beginning to leaf out and would be quite susceptible to cold weather now. While we are officially in winter and parts of our gardens look dormant change is happening. Ferns are putting up their fiddleheads some perennials are beginning to re-emerge and we even saw quite a few blooms on azaleas already. Bees were buzzing amongst all the flowers and if you have been up as early as I have this week, the birds think it is spring too, chirping away.
Be aware that there is a lot of construction which will be ongoing for months on Highway 70 between I-30 and Hot Springs. They are making it 4 lanes I think throughout, so there are delays. I mentioned it to Sherre and she told me the fastest way to get to the gardens is to take the 3rd Malvern exit heading from LR–not the main one which I have taken, but the one after 270. I used my GPS and went home that way, and it was faster. I have been going to Garvan for over 20 years and never knew about this route! I missed all the traffic and made it to I-30 in a little over 10 minutes. It is a winding road but no traffic. I was home by 5:45 p.m.
I was grilling out last night for dinner and my what a drop in temperatures in less than an hour. It was in the 70’s one minute and in the 50’s seemingly the next and the wind was whipping. This morning it was 32 degrees when I got up and is only supposed to get to a high of 50 today, so winter is back.