Our "Weathered" Plants

By: Alana Greenfogel Email
By: Alana Greenfogel Email

The white is hurting our green. By white--we mean snow. And by green--we mean plants!

You could call it "frowning" in plant language...drooping.

It was warm so early on this spring, many of the plants began budding early. But now they're getting slammed with these frigid temperatures.

"Dead. Dead. Gone. They won't come back," Cathy Hall, a gardener, says as she walks through her flowerbeds.

And your flowers probably look a lot like Cathy's.

"I wish I had put pots over them...but it's too late."

And if you ask the Notre Dame landscapers, they'd agree. It's a bit too late.

"At this time, there's not much you can do," explains the landscaping superintendent, Bill Thistlethwaite.

Thistlethwaite says you can try covering your plants up with things like newspapers, blankets, or sheets, but if it gets much colder, that thin layer won't offer much protection.

"It may end up looking like this--dark and blackened," Thistlethwaite says as he combs through the plants at the University's nursery.

Even though it's cold, if we dip below the 20 degree mark and get into the teens, the landscaping crew says that's when our plants will be in real trouble.

Their season may end...before it even started.


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