As a native of north central Kentucky Kris Stone has years of experience with the common everyday challenges of maintaining a healthy landscape in the difficult climate of the Ohio Valley. Currently Kris resides in Northern Kentucky just outside of Burlington and is the Director of Boone County Arboretum.

Kris holds a Bachelor's of Science in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Kentucky, maintains certification as an ISA Certified Arborist, and is an active board member for the following organizations: KY Arborist Association, Northern KY Urban and Community Forestry Council, KY Exotic Pest Plant Council, Friends of Boone County Arboretum, and technical advisor to the Boone County Urban Forest Commission. Kris is passionate about his life long love of plants and enjoys spreading his knowledge and experience to the public he serves.


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Early Bloomers Burned
by Kristopher Stone - posted 02/10/13

The weather this winter sure has tricked a few of the early spring blooming plants this year! At my home garden I've had daffodils and hellebores up since Christmas, and the hellebores tried to bloom in mid January.  Unfortunately the last period of cold weather gave us more nights in the single digits and proved to be more than the foliage and flower buds on my hellebores could handle.  The daffodil foliage even suffered some to my surprise. 




Fortunately, I doubt that the flower buds will be damaged, and the hellebores still have plenty of unopened flower buds remaining.  If you have plants that look like mine simply snip off the burned areas and they should be fine.  Early blooming plants are very tolerant to cold weather, and are seldom harmed by it.



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Becky Kirts - 02/26/2013

What do think. Will they make it. I don't think there is much we can do. ??
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Kristopher Stone (Union, KY) - 03/09/2013

Hi Becky,

They should all be ok. We may lose some blooms on some plants like the hellebores (Lenten Rose), but I think daffodils will be ok.

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