Monday, February 14, 2011

My Gooey Valentine Garden

I tried to get excited about cleaning the garden yesterday...but just couldn't bring myself to give up a perfect sun-lubber day...and seriously, I didn't have the stomach to face the goooooo.

Goodbye beautiful plants...that I've had for many years....

I can't believe that plants, south facing, in a rock bed, against the house...for Pete's sake, that have never succumbed to the cold...have meeeellllted!!!!

The Peruvian Lilly was knee-high just two months ago....

Lovely African succulents...drained, flat...smoooosh.
More just goes on...

3 year old Bulbine, that made it through last winter...remember "the coldest winter on record since the 50's"...sure.
Guess what this is?

Looks kinda like my elbows this year...crinkle, crack, split...

I've nursed this gelatinous bulb for 3 long years...goodbye you beautiful blob of jelly.
See the sun glowing through? Not the way this former forest green zebra plant presented her pattern.

Sago was lost last year for the first time, and ohhhhh, here you go again! Seriously...I have doubts.

The browns of winter...beyond the norm.

Day Lilly...I'm soooo sorry.

No Kale for me!

Wait, is that spring green in the midst of all this terror?


The winter birds don't seem to mind...thistle please!

So, lesson learned. Texas is changing. 13 years of moderate winters are clearly over. I have to get serious about saving things, even though I'm in the middle of the city...even plants up against my house have not been able to take Global Warming. It's real. It's here. Thank goodness for hard scape and yard art. We are blessed, aren't we? Let's not mess it up.
Happy Gardening.


Susie Lynch said...

Hi Cheryl - I have been in denial as well, plants that I thought were tough, weren't! It is pretty depressing to start pulling things up ad starting all over. Although getting to go plant shopping is exciting!

Pam/Digging said...

I faced up to some gooey plants today myself. Goodbye golden barrel cacti! Of course I'm eternally hopeful that next winter won't be as cold. :-)

ConsciousGardener said...

I'm not starting over Susie...I'm seeking a simpler, stronger truth...After I clean it up...I'll take stock and figure out what's next.
Pam~I don't think I can join you in that's been progressivly worse since '08...3 years looks like the begining of a trend to me :(

David & Melanie said...

Hi Cheryl--
I'm taking stock and just asking the simple question; do I REALLY want to take blankets out over and over again every winter?
I'm dreaming of a garden that can make it completely on its own.
I must be getting older.
David/ unTropical Texana/ Houston

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ConsciousGardener said...

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