tuesday garden party: frost

Roma Tomato Plant

We’ve had a really warm winter and then a warm spring. Last week, a cold snap came through, and a frost warning one night. Since I was in the middle of a busy week, I didn’t think much about the frost warning we had. We’ve had frost warnings during other springs, and the plants were fine.

Roma Tomato Plant

Not this time. The new flat of half price Roma tomatoes were hit. The tomato plants I put in the beds were hit. Definitely not a pretty sight.

Green Bell Pepper

The green peppers had only been in the ground a few days with grass clippings around them to keep them moist.

I’ve decided to watch and wait. I’m too busy this week to find new plants, let alone get them in the ground. I’m sure I’ll lose some plants. Others look like they could recover.


The freeze didn’t touch the peach tree, or the other fruit trees. I need to prune the fruit to ensure a good harvest. The apple trees won’t have much fruit this year given the hard pruning we gave them.

Red Cabbage

This little gem is another plant from last year. Unlike the other red cabbage, this one appears to be growing into a regular cabbage.

Highbush Cranberry

I love this time of year for the Highbush Cranberries. The spray of white flowers against the green is stunning.


I’m hopeful our peonies will be flowering in time for the 1st Communion Party. The warm temps this week may push the plants to flower sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, these plants attract ants. While I’d love to display the blooms inside, I need to make sure no ants come in either. Not a good idea for a party.

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After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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  1. says

    We started almost everything inside and it looks like rain for a week! Our pumpkin and cucumber plants have flowers (thinking I should bring bees inside LOL!). Can’t wait to get everything going! All your plants look great!!

    • Barb says

      I forgot to include a picture of the 3 cucumber plants a friend just gave me. I had them out, and was looking a place to put them in. They got hit by the frost, too. No flowers yet, just the first set of mature leaves. I’m hoping they recover.

  2. maryhysong says

    It’s always so sad to see them wilting after a frost. The weather has been so crazy this year, more so than any other year I can remember.

  3. says

    Such a crazy Spring we’re having! It just doesn’t seem like we should even get a frost warning after the mild winter we all had. Sorry you lost so many plants. The good news is that you have lots of time to purchase more =)

    • Barb says

      Yup! Though I’m hoping I can get by with what survives. It was warm here yesterday, and warmer today. The 10 day forecast is looking pretty good. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  4. says

    I almost cried when I saw your frozen plants! Ouch! It has been a crazy spring here – plants and trees just don’t know what to think!

  5. Beth says

    We appear to be frost free (from March 24th) onwards – but you never know. Each year is so different from the previous – that’s what makes gardening fun and challenging too.

    • Barb says

      Yup, it certainly does! Our last frost date is April 14th, though the weather can change after that. We’ve had at least one April snow storm within the past 15 years.

  6. says

    The weather sure has been crazy and I’m sorry to hear about your vegetable plants. I’ve learned not to plant any annuals until after May 15th in my area even though I am tempted :-)

    • Barb says

      This is the 1st time I’ve been caught which is why I didn’t consider the potential problem. I think I may lose a third of the plants. Hopefully, they’ll perk up by next week.

  7. says

    Sorry to hear that the plants got hit. I think we did okay with ours on this side of the river. Hope you can find some replacements and I am loving that cranberry!

    • Barb says

      It’s such a beautiful shrub. We still haven’t gotten around to picking the cranberries and eating them. Maybe this year?

  8. says

    So sorry about the frost. We are having frost almost every night still. A few plants have ben hit but they will come back. Jean

    • Barb says

      That’s good to hear! I think the peppers may come back. Some of the tomatoes may be too small to recover.

  9. says

    I found your blog through tuesday garden party. I poked around your blog a bit and I really like it – especially your focus on organics and natural gardening! What area of the country are you in? I’m in oregon and our last frost date is May 24th! Can you believe that!?

    Hopefully your plants will recover!

    • Barb says

      We’re in the Philly area, actually a little south of Philly. We’re right on the border between zone 7 & zone 8.

      Thanks! If you ever want to write a guest post about gardening in your area, I’d love to share it. Just email me at barb@alifeinbalance.net and let me know.

  10. says

    So sorry about the frost. I planted my basil way too early this year, lured by a mild winter, and it didn’t make it through a brief cold snap!

  11. says

    Looks like you may get your wish for the peonies blooming. They are beautiful flowers, aren’t they? We had 2 gorgeous pink ones already planted when we bought our house 15 years ago and I’ve added some red ones this year.

    This winter has been weird, as we were able to get our garden in in late February (zone 6a). Luckily, no frost but we were certainly taking chances. So sorry to hear that you got hit!

  12. says

    How sad about the frost. We had frost warnings a lot recently, but none came to pass. I won’t plant my single tomato plant until about mid May though. Maybe as soon as a week and a half if it would warm up.

  13. Cheeryshirley says

    Aarrrgh! And, after such lovely gardening weather! :( Hope they (and you) recover nicely! :) Cheeryshirley

    • Barb says

      The tomatoes are perking up, though I did just pick up about 24 replacement plants because I’m worried that the other ones might not do as well. These are much bigger, too. Knowing me, I’ll find ways to tuck the frosted ones into our flower beds so they don’t get wasted. 😉

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