The rains of the past week have made up this year’s deficit, and the crocuses, daffodils and forsythia are up and blooming. It’s been a funny old winter; I’ve had feverfew leaves all winter long–the plants are fat and happy–there has been no die-back. We had to make a mad scramble to cut back the ornamental grasses in this area–they had already sent up green arcs of leaves–and its only the 3rd of March!
I’m not sure the ground has even frozen at all–I was able to transplant some boxwood this past week and the plants came up easily with loamy soil surrounding the roots.
I’ve been contemplating the new USDA hardiness guidelines and the AHS Heat Zone Maps and am convinced that some of the plants that haven’t made it this year will no longer grow this far south–it’s too hot for them. But I am excited about being able to grow plants that I remember from my childhood Georgia days….so its all a matter of balance.