Ugh. I don't like waiting until the last minute to get work done. Last year was a deadly year for us here in Tucson with a historic freeze that would kill everything. This year, it has been mild and I waited for awhile before making a decision. An educated and experienced gamble. But still a gamble nonetheless....
Landscapers, gardeners, plant enthusiasts......have you done this? Well I will admit that this is the first time I've done this on our property. I pruned our plants like Bougainvillea and Crape Myrtle back. I wanted to get a head start and this winter has been a mild one compared to last year's killer cold temps. The plan is to prune, fertilize, and clean up around the plant areas in a sequential manner. Every weekend I've been outside working on planter areas adding little by little to the empty planters. And it's all coming together quite nicely.
But it's a still a gamble. If freezing temps arrive before the official March 15th date, I could possibly jeopardize my plants.....or will I? The root systems on these plants are strong and have been around for years. I think this spring is going to be an amazing one and I can't wait to see all the growth. Last year our plants were stunted from the freeze and everything was delayed by about a month and a half. Several never developed blossoms like the Jacaranda. Thankfully, I saved the Jacaranda from death and this year it, along with my neighbor's Jac, will hopefully develop those beautiful purple flowers. I'll have pics in early summer of these incredible blossoms. For now, it's prepping for the big spring show. Stay tuned for more in the El Presidio garden. So have you gambled in your garden? And if so what did you do?:) Did it work?
|Our Summer Bougainvillea Bonanza
|In winter, they look like this.
|In February and March, they look like this:)