Not one in every of my greatest options however it’s a advantage.
“Snowmaggedon” this yr has taught me loads about persistence. The snow and freeze we had this yr took out loads of crops. The oleanders I’ve had in my yard for 20 years are, properly, gone. They have been a freebie 20 years in the past from somebody’s ditch (sure, I requested first) and grew into 10 foot tall, 10-foot-wide lovely landmarks. Gone. Useless as a doornail. I swear I might hear my neighbors clapping and leaping up and down once I had determined they have been certainly deceased.
My plumerias I saved within the storage didn’t survive both. If anybody desires to share, let me know.
Many people assumed, most if not all, of our crops went to plant heaven and have been, and are sometimes, shocked by which crops made it and which of them didn’t. My banana crops shocked me probably the most. I didn’t suppose they might come again however right here they’re coming out of the bottom calling out, “You didn’t get me!”
In our East Texas space, I’ve seen loads of crops being faraway from folks’s yards. Little inexperienced leaves peeping out from the bark of crepe myrtles, azaleas, gardenias, piled up within the burn pile or trailer to go to the landfill.
Sure, I mentioned gardenias. I walked my yard this morning to scratch just a little bark right here and there. It didn’t have an itch; I used to be making an attempt to see if it was nonetheless inexperienced and making an attempt to resolve what or if I ought to trim or take away it. I’m frugal; I don’t need to take away it.
Scratch take a look at: Scratch just a little piece of the bark; whether it is brown beneath, it’s lifeless — no less than that portion is. Inexperienced signifies it’s got life left. Endurance, persistence, persistence.
Lo and behold. Little, tiny inexperienced leaves sneaking out amongst all of the brown leaves. They’re alive! Gardenias! Even my crepe myrtles I had in pots within the again yard leafed out!
A single stalk of lemon grass is poking out of the bottom (OK, this one is simply confused or was dumb luck).
Please don’t really feel unhealthy if you happen to already changed your landscaping; no judgement right here. The plant police won’t be contacted in your behalf, however I’ll go on trip with the cash I saved. I’ll ship you photos of my toes within the sand.
The Smith County Grasp Gardener program is a volunteer group in reference to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.