Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Did Spring come too soon?

Most of the time you just can't beat the weather here in North Carolina! But some years, spring arrives a little too early! The fruit trees have bloomed. The Azaleas are almost in full bloom. It has felt like summer these last few days...

This Chocolate vine is covered in buds and smells delicious...

Then we have a cold front come through!!! We woke to thunderstorms this morning. The sky is hazy and stormy looking in the pictures. The weatherman says it could drop as low as 31 degrees tonight! That's freezing! A few years ago we had a hard freeze after everything was in full bloom. I remember the Hostas were frozen and when they thawed, the yard smelled like rotten cabbage. It was awful!

Sharing pictures in case everything freezes tonight...

Anyone know the name of this tree? It is wild and was growing here when we bought the property. This is the same tree the Cardinals flock to in the wintertime.

The Snowball bush has lots of blooms that have not turned white yet...

 Been meaning to tell you that we have a new female Muscovy duck. Since our old duck couple were killed earlier this year, we have been searching for a friend for our duck, "Shelby". You may remember the story of the duck from Shelby's farm who grew up thinking she was a chicken. 

"Shelby' is on the left and her new friend "Nellie" on the right.

Thanks for stopping by. I can't decide if I want to pull out all the old sheets in the house and try covering some of the blossoms  in the yard or just say "the heck with it"! The temperature is beginning to drop even now!

Henny Penny


  1. Oh, no! I hope it doesn't freeze. Everything looks so beautiful, it would be a shame to lose all the blooms so quickly.
    It was 16 degrees here last night, but my crocuses and daffodils survived as they are close to the house.

  2. It all looks so pretty it would be such a shame to let it freeze. We lost our apple crop one year, a cold snap froze all the blossoms off.
    Jane x

  3. This weather is crazy, we hit 80 yesterday and it's headed for the teens tonight.

  4. 31 should not be a problem. Stuff close to the ground will easily get by. Frost can harm the pollination more than anything.

  5. Oh I love your snowball bush. I have always wanted one and I thought I had one now but I think it is something different. I am worried about a frost to. My peonies are full of buds and I don't want them to get killed I also remember the year it frosted and it killed back the leaves on the trees and they smelled rotten. I have never heard of a chocolate vine I will have to look it up.
    Love you,

  6. Oh no. I heard about the freezing temps moving in again and just couldn't believe it. I hope you covered a few things.

  7. I feel for you. Two days ago I was in flip flops. I woke up today to snow. All I had so far were two pots of pansies, now with flowers that snap off in your hand, but I do worry about everything that was budding.

  8. I too don't think that 31 will do any serious damage, but if you are feeling energetic, an few sheets won't hurt:) We don't usually get such dramatic shifts like that, although we have had wet snow in April. Being close to the westerly flow from the ocean tempers the weather a bit.

  9. Beautiful. Hope all is not lost. We had thirty two nights in a row. All the fruit trees are blooming. Nothing we can do.

    Your tree by the leaves look like it's in the lilac family.

    Have a great day.

  10. I hope you didn't freeze! What is the leaf arrangement of the mystery tree...it looks to be opposite to me...hard to tell with the beautiful blooms. My best guess is that it is a Blackhaw or Viburnum species of some kind. Check out this link and see what you think? :)

  11. Hi there, I hope your beautiful blossoms don't freeze. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day and Happy Easter. Hugs, Chris

  12. I did a little research for your beautiful white flowering tree/bush. The closest guess I have is this: Wild Raisin (Viburnum cassinoides),
    Also known as withe rod, this common woodland shrub grows to 12 feet tall and has umbrella-shaped clusters of white flowers. In early September, each cluster will have green, white, pink and dark purple fruit. If the fruit isn't eaten by birds or other creatures, it withers and turns purple, looking like raisins. It does grow in your area, and if this isn't what you have, maybe yours is related to it. Whatever it is, it's beautiful, even more so with cardinals sitting in it.


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