... central Oklahoma winters are not noted for their severity or their duration. In winter our temps can range from minus 5 degrees farenheit to a comfortable 75 degrees F... and we are known for our temperature fluctuations. Overall our winters... compared to a lot of yours... are almost reasonable.
Last winter, however, we experienced a monster ice storm in late October and a record-setting Arctic cold spell in February. Any gardener I talked with in the first three months of 2021 was utterly convinced we were in for a fairly disappointing spring.
By the time Easter had passed in early April our sense of impending disappointment was completely replaced by a somewhat slack-jawed stunned look. Our plants were not just growing... they were exploding with growth rates and finished sizes we had never seen in our gardens. Granted, there were some losses... and a few of those were painful. But on the whole we are seeing an astonishing display of foliage growth and floral abundance. It is as though that record-breaking cold spell actually had a beneficial effect on many of the plants...
The Asiatic Lilies in particular have attracted lots of attention for the large number of flowers each stem supports this year. I believe the red one in these images is named 'Red Velvet' but I'm not sure. I have yet to find a name for the yellow one.