This is what you get when you have warm, mild weather for a while...
...and then a night of 18ºF (-8ºC). Those plants that emerge early -- even earlier than normal -- get melted.
Dicentra (wait, didn't it change genus?) is not my favorite plant, but I've grown accustomed to those amazing little pendant heart blooms each spring.
Not sure I'll see any this year -- unless you count the ones already on the ground.
Only one of my Japanese Maples had leaves opened enough to get stung:
Some weird leaf colors now...
...as there should not be so much brown mixed in there.
I suppose the rhubarb wouldn't have been so far along if it had been in the ground...
...but it really got toasted.
Some plants are apparently fine with the hard freezes, like queen of the prairie:
I'm so glad the bamboo shoots that have emerged are still just an inch or two tall. Any bigger and they would have been lost.
We set a record high of 85ºF (29ºC) yesterday, and it's back down to somewhat normal temps again now (55ºF/13ºC is a normal high for this time of year). Warm again soon though. I like it -- as long as the hard freezes stay away!