The weather here this fall has been confusing, to say the least. At my house, we never had a real fall frost or freeze but then, 2 days before Halloween we had 18 inches of snow, which was our earliest ever. After that the temperature shot up into the sixties and all the snow melted. Green grass is still visible and tomorrow is the first day of December. I still have mushrooms in my lawn, which I’m thinking about mowing again, and I’m seeing dandelions blooming here and there.
Before the strange Halloween storm I had cut back all but a few perennials in the backyard and was feeling well prepared for winter. I knew the ground wasn’t frozen, but once 18 inches of snow fell I thought that would be the end of cutting back any more plants this year. I was wrong; in spite of being buried under snow for 3 or 4 days and several below freezing nights, the delphinium in the photo just keeps on blooming. I know delphiniums are hardy plants, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one blooming in December. I’m wondering if it will get frost bitten before Christmas.
But I’m not complaining; there is nothing a gardener in the northeast likes more than sixty degree temperatures, green grass and fresh flowers in December. I do question what effect such a delayed dormancy will have on plants next season though. It will be interesting to see.