This is probably reaching you a little too late for tonight, but hopefully it might help you or someone in the future… What you should be most concerned about is new growth such as flower buds on the Hydrangea macrophylla, newly transplanted seedlings that weren’t quite hardened off and any warm season annuals and/or houseplants that you might have put out a little early. Think especially about any plants that are borderline for your zone- if any of these are pushing buds or flowers they will need to be protected, or you will loose the flowers and fruit. Also make sure you water everything well- this really helps the plants withstand the cold temps. Good luck!
we are weekenders in hillsdale. arrived on friday to find that the buds on our fringe tree had blackened, our sweet japanese redbud had lost all but a few leaves and our hosta had frozen. i think that the hosta will survive, but any words of hope for the two trees, or do we need to think about replacing them — it is very depressing to look at them as they are, but will not give up hope if there is a chance they will revive.
condolences, or advice will be greatly appreciated.
The trees are probably fine. Remove the damaged growth to prevent disease and stimulate the secondary buds to break. You should see new growth by June.
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