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In many places in Germany, it came at the end of April 2017 in the nights to a massive cold snap by polar cold air. It fell below the previous measurements for the lowest temperatures in April and the frost left brown flowers and frozen shoots on fruit trees and grapevines. But many garden plants have suffered greatly. At temperatures as low as minus ten degrees on clear nights and a freezing wind, many plants had no chance. Although many fruit growers and winegrowers expect massive Erneteausfälle, the frost damage to the trees, shrubs and vines are usually not existence-threatening, as they expel again. New flowers will not be formed this year.
Our Facebook users have made a variety of regional experiences and observations. Useress Rose H. was lucky: Since her garden is surrounded by a three-meter-high hawthorn hedge, there was no frost damage to the ornamental plants. The microclimate plays an important role. Nicole S. wrote to us from the Erzgebirge that all plants survived. Her garden is right next to a river and she has not covered anything or taken any other protective measures. Nicole suspects it may be because such changes in the weather occur every year in her region and her plants are therefore used to late frosts. In Constanze W., the native plants have all survived. The exotics such as Japanese maple, magnolia and hydrangea, however, have suffered significantly. Almost all users report massive frost damage to their hydrangeas.
No damage to roses
Mandy H. tells us that her clematis and roses look as if nothing happened. The tulips, daffodils and imperial crowns have also reared up. With her in the garden, there are only slight damage to hydrangeas, butterfly lilac and maple, but the low temperatures caused a total loss in the magnolia flowers. Our Facebook user hopes for the next year.
Conchita E. is also surprised that her tulips have remained so beautiful. However, many other garden plants such as the flowering apple tree, summer lilac and hydrangea have suffered. Conchita still sees it positively. She is convinced: "It will be all right again."
Sandra J. suspected damage to her peonies as they left almost everything hanging, but they quickly recovered. Even her olive tree, which she had forgotten overnight in the open, seems to have survived the frost unscathed. Their strawberries were still protected in the barn, the blackcurrant and gooseberry bushes, the frost - at least at first glance - could not harm. Even with Stephanie F. all berry shrubs weathered the frost well. The same applies to herbs: Elke H. reports on blooming rosemary, savory and chervil. With Susanne B., the tomatoes have survived in the unheated greenhouse with the help of grave candles.
Flower buds of rhododendrons can be affected by late frosts, but total losses are rare
Although at Kasia F. the Dying Heart and the Magnolia have got a lot of frost and surprisingly a variety of tulips is hanging their heads, daffodils, lettuce, kohlrabi, red cabbage and white cabbage are very good at it. The new Clematis has survived the late frost unscathed, the hydrangeas are in good condition and even the petunias look good.
Basically, if you bring cold-sensitive plants to the beds in front of the icy saints, you may have to plant twice. The ice saints are expected as every year from 11 to 15 May. After that, as the old farmers' rules say, it should be over with the freezing cold and ground frost.