May 8 was a cold but pleasantly crisp, partly cloudy afternoon at OSU’s Secrest Arboretum at OSU-Wooster. May flowers were in order from azaleas to redbuds, from fothergilla to pearlbush.
But there were ghostly apparitions as well. Not Christmas in July; instead more like Halloween in May. On this particular Hallows-Eve, the image that haunts is the promise of a late-Spring, early morning (around 7am) May 9 frost, predicted to log in at 28 degrees F.
So, especially for young Japanese maples, out came hopefully protective plant pre-shrouds, as Secrestians hoped to put the hex to stave off shrivelled death-shrouds of plant leaves and buds.
What is your prediction? Will these help? Stay tuned.