Six o'clock in the morning. Seventy-five degrees. April. Something isn't quite right. Remember, "April showers bring May flowers?" I am already watering some of my blooming shrubs because the ground is drying out quickly. It is too hot to work in the yard in the afternoon. Oh, why didn't we build a pool instead of buying a camper?
Actually, the warm weather has been nice though I do worry about its effects on the plants. And we know the heat won't last. There will probably be several more frosts before the heat moves in for the summer. It is just such a surprise for April. Tomorrow things will cool down acording to the television weather report. We'll see.
The heat has already affected some plants. The banana trees are up two weeks early. They won't make it through a frost which must surely come. I'll have to be sure and cover them up warmly on those cold nights.
My epimedium is up and going strong. The epimedium's heart-shaped leaves are green, tinged with red and sit atop thin, delicate stems which also support its exotic flowers. This japanese garden staple with roots in China is known by a few other names, more common in Europe. One particular name, horny goat weed comes from shepherds noticing that their goats became even more sexually active than usual after feasting on a patch of the plant. (At least that is the legend.) There have been some more modern experiments on its aphrodisiac possibilities.
The hosta is five years old and never reaches more than a few six inches in diameter. I took it from a full-size specimen that was becoming overgrown in a business landscape planting. It grows near other hostas that reach full size so it is either a mutation or needs more sun. I'll try transplanting it this year if it shows up again.