|Here in the Mid-Atlantic region of the USA we had been getting spoiled during the past years as the temperatures during winter time had turned warmer and warmer and, taking advantage of those warmer temperatures, we planted shrubs and other plants that are borderline hardy for this climate zone. And getting away with it. We have enjoyed camellias, fig trees, hydrangeas, etc. and we started taking it for granted that they were here to stay.But not so fast. This year, like many other parts of the country, we had the weather that old timers in the region remember from winters past, with harsh winds, below zero temperatures, frozen water pipes, down trees, etc., and as winter turned into sprint – reluctantly, I may say – we started to assess the carnage of the winter that brought us the Polar Vortex: a thirty-something late fall blooming camellia, gone; the fig tree that had just given us figs in abundance last year, gone; and so on.
But the “locals” – if I may call them that – are figuratively and literally speaking blooming; the red-bud trees are glorious; the tulips just fantastic; the azaleas are about to burst into a riot of colors; and the ornamental quince trees, pictures of which are included in this gallery, simply beautiful.
So say Hello to spring and Good riddance to winter and its polar vortex!