Welcome to Christmas season 2015 and in Central Virginia a time of spring-like temperatures have delivered a very warm and unseasonable Christmas holiday.
Now the lack of fireplace use and chestnut is not the only concern with this weather,especially if you are a gardener.
This warm weather has caused many trees to begin budding early and many flowering bulbs have sprouted after the short cold period early in the fall.
Will the flowers be ruined for spring time color? Will they be damaged?
What about the trees? AND
Is there anyting we can do to counter the problem?
There is not much threat of damage if the bulbs do not flower and only the green leaves sprout. There is a good chance that the flower will arrive in spring , though it may be ealier than is the norm. Do not to do anything to try and help the bulbs. The flowers are still inside the bulbs.
Mulching is not recommended as this may kill the plant and bulb and prevent future growth. A heavy spread of frozen mulch can do more damage than strange weather. Now a light spread of compost or composted mulch around and on the leaves might be helpful – I would suggest that the leaves still be visible and open to the sun. Photosynthesis cn still occur and the bulbs will remain viable. You may still lose the bloom this year but the bulb will survive to produce another season.
There is even less that can be done for trees that have begin to Bud Out.
Be patient, enjoy the weather since snow shovels may be needed soon enough and this warmth will be gone.