TPP is in St. Louis for a society meeting, the business end of botany. Spring here is about 2 full weeks ahead of us 150 miles further north, and the star and tulip-flowered magnolias are in bloom here. But a huge front is pushing in from the north west, and lows are expected here in the low 20s (remember 32 is freezing in the crazy F temp scale). In our area probably even a few degrees lower. Any plant with flowers out will likely get toasted. This is the problem with early springs in the great Midwest. Our weather patterns are so big and so variable that late and even not so late freezes are more than likely, they are virtually certain. Stoopid plants just don't know to wait. TPP's stoopidist plant is certainly our star magnolia, so ours is planted in a cool, slightly shady location, and it flowers a week later than most others, and it this case this just might be enough to save its floral display from frost damage, or maybe not. It's a wait and see game. Been too busy to peek at the Missouri Botanical Gardens to see how advance their gardens are. Even this morning while picking the newspaper up off the front stoop, TPP noticed that the potted pansies were pretty stiff, but they are quite tough plants and once you're frozen, you're frozen. So we'll see. Nothing much to worry about in any case, but magnolias are another matter entirely.