Monday, June 10, 2019

Oh No! Winter Killed Our Plants!

by Jill Kemerer

Winter was harsh. We're talking harsh as in negative thirties and forties for days back in February or March. Sorry, both months run together for me! They were both brutal.

And now June is here, but a few of our pretty plants are not.

Yes, winter killed some of our bushes.

Two knockout rose bushes didn't make it. One hydrangea died. And the tree my husband has always thought hideous is officially dead, too. (He's happy about it. I finally conceded it was time to chop it down.)

A few of our other outdoor plants had odd reactions to the cold temps. One bush died at the top but is thriving on the bottom. A boxwood has one side full of yellowish brown leaves, while the other side is as green as can be. It's weird!

Unfortunately, we've had a lot of rain all spring. In fact, you might say we've had rain every day this spring. And it's still coming! I just don't know how our bushes and flowers will handle it. So far, the grass couldn't be happier. It's growing roughly six inches a night.

Okay, I exaggerated, but still--grass needs mowing every other day.

It's strange to see empty farm fields that would normally have corn plants waving like Ys in rows. I love to walk, and I usually think, Oh, look, the corn is three inches tall. A week later, Wow, it has to be six inches. It's really moving.


Yes, I think about corn as I walk.

Clearly, I need to run over to the ice cream parlor and remind myself summer IS here and the corn WILL get planted and no matter how weird the weather is, our grass and bushes are hardy. If they survived that wacky winter, they'll surely survive anything summer throws at them.

Did the weather affect your lawn, trees, bushes or local crops?

Have a wonderful day!

Jill Kemerer is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of inspirational romance novels for Harlequin Love Inspired. She loves coffee, M&Ms, a stack of books, and long walks outdoors. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two almost-grown children. Please visit her website,, and sign up for her newsletter.


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  1. This winter and spring has been strange for sure. Here in Texas, we didn't get really cold temperatures and snow is a rarity, but friends around the country have filled us in on the strange happenings of the winter. So sorry about your plants and that poor tree. It's strange the effects the weather has on the world around us.

    1. I think the entire country has had weird weather this year!

  2. Spring was beautiful in Georgia this year. The bushes and flowers are lush. In years past, we have had too much rain as well as terrible droughts. Neither extreme is good for flowers and gardens.

    I hope you dry out soon. IMHO, Ohio grows the BEST corn!

    1. Aww, I'm glad you had a lush spring, Debby! I hope we dry out soon, too. It already rained this morning AND last night. Oy!

  3. I know what you mean, Jill, I lost a rose bush that my son gave me for Mother's Day last year. I was very disappointed. We're from Northern Illinois, and the garden shop here said roses were only good until 23 below zero, so our 35 below was just too cold. Thanks for sharing.

  4. We had a mild winter in the Panhandle, thankfully. Last winter we lost my beloved Queen Palm and two parlor palms I had by the front door. But our garden survived the mild winter that just passed. Everything is happy and lush aroud here.


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