Saturday, March 20, 2010

to my eyes, thrilling.....

We are going to have some nasty, cold weather blow in very soon. Like, in about 15 minutes, the temperature is going to drop from a balmy 63 degrees to about 45 degrees real quick, and we expect a freeze tonight. Hopefully, this will be the last freeze of the year.

So, in advance of all that, I was out trying to take care of some of my new tender foliage that I am so proud of, and I found this.
Tucked in among many weedy things is this little clump of Dianthus. They have been here for at least 3 years, and they just flourish. I will tend to this area this weekend, after the weather clears.

It is here. The cold, the wind, the rain. Yuk.

But I do have this patch of dianthus. It doesn't take much for me.

28 comments:

The Gaudy Garden said...

geez, Janie. I thought you would have been in full swing by now. It is good to see you post!

Noelle said...

I hope the cold blows through quickly. The same storm came through here yesterday morning and it blew away very fast. I love your little Dianthus....it is there to prove to you that spring is coming.

Sue Swift said...

Wow - what sort of storm is this ?

Patchwork said...

Ah...the weather in Texas...gotta love it.
I hope this is the last freeze of the season.
I finally have some buds on my dianthus..I'm covering them tonight.
Stay warm.....
~~Linda...

janie said...

Normally, we would be in full swing. We do have roses blooming with abandon, and the iris up and about to bloom, I think. This is a weird year, weather wise.

This is just a regular late storm, with cold temps, winds and cold rain. We already had hail this a.m., I hope that is done.

Linda, this dianthus has been beautiful all winter, even when it was freezing outside. I didn't know dianthus was so hardy! I had forgotten about it, so it was really pleasurable to see it all perky and blooming.

Barbara said...

I know just what you mean - no matter how blustery and unpleasant, a small patch of flowers can still make your day in the garden!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

There ought to be a law against it Janie. LOL! How terrible to tease us with all this nice weather and then slap us again. Just not right. Luckily it will not last much longer.

NellJean said...

What? Freeze! We're going to get rain. What's happening over there in Texas? Somebody left a door open again?

Just when I thought it was safe to plant something out, but didn't. De ja vu all over again.

Amy said...

Today is the first day of spring...did they forget to send the memo to the weather!

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

It doesn't take much for me either! Your dianthus is beautiful. :)

Missy AKA Little Messy Missy said...

Beautiful!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

The dianthus are so pretty. I'm starting some this year, hope they do as well as yours. I never realized that Texas had so much cold, I always imagined it to be warm almost year round. Hopefully it warms up soon.

Yvonne said...

We are in the same situation here in Italy - just weird weather. There is still snow on the hilltops after last week's freak arrival. Treasure that Dianthus!
Happy springtime
Y

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Dianthus is blooming? Already? Aah, I forgot it's Texas! Freezing? Are you sure, it's Texas?!

jeansgarden said...

Janie, I love the way those dianthus will just keep coming back and looking lovely without much in the way of effort on my part. Last year, I included some as part of a collection of annuals in a big pot on the deck, and I just noticed that the dianthus have put up new growth this year. Hope your cold weather is over soon and you can enjoy a well-deserved spring. -Jean

Wendy said...

And a cheerful patch as well!

sanddune said...

Janie,
Hope you thaw out soon. I get a lot of good ideas from your posts.

Grace Peterson said...

And some pretty nice Dianthus too, Janie. It doesn't take a true plant lover very long to find something to smile about. I'm smiling too!

gld said...

What a pretty little patch of dianthus!

We got the little cold front too....2 inches of sleet and snow. It all melted off yesterday. Spring is always a crap shoot in the Ozarks.

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I hope the cold is gone now and you're busy getting your hands and feet dirty. Happy Spring Gardening!

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Dirty Girl Gardening said...

Hope it's warmed up for you!

Maddy said...

I have a whole flat of dianthus to plant out.

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the garden harlot said...

dianthus can be so tough ! i love that about them.