The temperature here was 24F this morning. Many plants froze hard and many, but not all, will recover without damage. The natural world is so attuned to the sun and the seasons and the temperatures.
Liz and I enjoyed a long walk yesterday in Hubbard Park, bundled against the cold wind. The leaves of the American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) were good indicators of growing conditions, some still in full bud while others had leafed out almost completely. All, of course, are gorgeous. The long leaf buds in their shiny sheathes seem electrically lit. The emerging leaves are so delicate and obviously alive. Where to those leaves come from and how?