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Late Spring Snow – FineGardening


Leila Alhusaini shared these photos from Richmond, Kentucky of an unusual – but beautiful – event.

While not uncommon, it is very uncommon to get snow this late in the season! I took an early morning walk to check on my garden and thought I’d share some pictures.

The first picture is a view of my perennial border in the back yard. My neighbor’s trees and the forests behind her property provide a pleasant backdrop. The second and third are from a brightly colored dogwood in full bloom. The rest are just various flowers gilded with icy snow, including a double quince, tulips, irises, and pansies.

With everything shrouded in the surprising late spring snow, the neighbor’s trees provide a pleasant backdrop for Leila’s perennial border. It’s great to have a neighbor who has a nice view to expand the garden!

colorful dogwood dusted with snowA variegated dogwood (Cornus florida, possibly the ‘Summer Gold’ variety, zones 5-9) has an additional white layer provided by the snow. Surprisingly, many plants can handle this late snow with very little damage, as long as the snow isn’t too heavy. Native trees like this dogwood have adapted over time to the whims of the spring weather. The greatest risk of damage is usually not the cold, but the weight of the snow on the flaked branches.

Snow on a tree with spring blossomsClose up of the snow on the colorful dogwood.

White tulips fall from the snowWhite tulips bow their heads under the snow in front of a golden thread-leaf cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aurea’, zones 4–8).

Purple irises covered with snowPurple irises (iris hybrids, zones 3–8) are covered with a white layer of snow.

flowering quince covered with snowThe orange-red of the flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa, zones 5–9) glows against the white snow.

Pansy covered with snowPansies (Viola × wittrockiana, cool season) will not keep an eye on them when there is a little late snow, as they love cool temperatures.

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Robert Dunfee