When is the average last frost where you are? When I lived in
Portland, everyone believed that the last frost was always on Tax
Day, April 15! Is this a saying anywhere else? Now I live in
Northern California, where there's never any frost. Not in my
corner of it, at least.
Dreaming of springtime,
Dreaming of springtime here as well. Northern New York - last frost the end
of May - beginning of June.
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Because metric is so damned sensible!!!!!!!!!
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I think I read that here in Nashville (Zone 6b), last frost date is
usually considered either 7 or 12 April. For the last couple of years,
I don't remember a frost in April at all. But you never know about
these things. Growing up in Memphis, we got the largest snowfall in
recorded history on April 18th (I think). It was 18 inches back around
'68. I'm sure Nashville got plastered as well. It was a funny thing.
Just this week, we got 7 inches of snow just a hour SOUTH of here.
Nashville got nary a flake.
What hurts us is the late March hard frost that we always seem to get.
It occurs right at the peak of marigold bloomings. Usually screws
things up good, especially since mid-March is usually quite warm.
That's why I usually wait until mid-April to do my serious spring
Not all serious pruning should be done in the spring. You may know this, but
some may not. Pruning shrubs and trees which bloom in spring should be pruned
after blooming or you remove the flower buds. Roses can be pruned in February
in the south, or mid-south. I'm not sure about higher north. I never grew
roses up north.
Currently, in my garden things are blooming. Lantana is still blooming in some
spots, yarrow, bluebonnets, catnip, Rosemary...etc. All of the petunias are in
full spread bloom, so are the larkspur.
I was only referring to roses. And I was specifically speaking of
spring pruning, which is 99.6% of my rose pruning (with the exception
of the occasional one-off pruning of dead wood or special situation
pruning). The only plant I have that gets pruned after blooming in the
early summer is my Sweet Briar Rose. Everything else I have is either
a climber or more than once blooming. But I wouldn't prune my roses in
mid-February because I'd just have to prune again in April. We have
several deep frosts to go and a few light ones as well. I was just
down to 29 the other night, for example. We'll get a good hard frost
usually in the third or fourth week of March. And I'm in the
The pertinent term is "average." It's April 15th here, but no
guarantees implied. In my experience, the last frost is earlier, but
it *has* been later. Doesn't mean one pops tomato plants outside on
the 15th, but instead starts doing prep for planting tomatoes and
thinking hopefully. The first warm weekend, the parking lot at the
garden center is full, as if the temperature rises reliably and
constantly from late March 'til the end of July. Yet actual weather
often seems to be "unseasonable" in terms of temperature, rain, snow,
Marigold bloomings in March? When do you plant your marigolds?
Farmers Almanac lists Nashville's last frost date as April 5, but my
neighbors don't put their tomatoes in until April 25. I'm usually a dare
devil and put them in around April 15.
It's beautiful here today. I hoed around the garlic (transplanting some
of the chickweed from my neighbor's garden to mine) while he tilled. A
very pleasant hour and probably more productive than my removing moss
for my garden and transplanting it to the mossy front yard.
If your first planting of tomatoes doesn't freeze occasionally you
aren't putting them in early enough. Push the envelope (but provide them
some protection). (Also, plan on a couple different plantings of
[Here in MA, we've had frost as late as Memorial day and as early as the
week before Labor day, so think of us while you're planting]
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