Before the freeze…

The ice (or snow, or both) that gripped so much of the country only gave a whisper of ice to those of us in Central Texas. Just the same, we had multiple nights in the 20s and a full 48 hours that didn’t rise above freezing. There were preparations to be done. The first of which? Capturing some final photos before the greenery melted and the flowers were zapped from their stems.

In came the African Blue Basil…
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Last year after the harvest, I left the roots in the soil in an attempt to maintain any microbial web they’d built in the soil. I was rewarded in the spring with a returning specimen. Fingers crossed for the same this spring…

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The rosemary in the background didn’t even shiver, but the butterfly weed has lost all vigor. Others I’ve pruned into the compost now that they’ve finished the cycle.

Texas Hummingbird Sage

Sage

Sage

Lantana

Snap dragon

Berries

The bees will surely miss the loss of so many winter blossoms. I will miss the bees until their return after a few sleepy months.

This one barely barely blinked with each passing freeze. I’ve forgotten its name – does anyone know?
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Perhaps it will keep any wakeful bees busy enough until the reemergence of nectar pots…

And Bill the Lime Tree came inside, complete with two limes left to savor when the winter doldrums set in.
Bill

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6 comments on “Before the freeze…

  1. Robbie says:

    Oh my goodness so many beautiful pictures of flowers:-) we are covered in snow up here in illinois:-)

    • plumdirt says:

      Only the small mysterious purple ones remain after our freezing week, but I’m glad they lasted as long as they did!

      My family in Illinois is already tired of the snow. I’d like a little dusting if y’all are sharing ;)

  2. You have a lime tree?! Woman after my own heart.

    Wow, these photos are beautiful. Seems crazy to say, but I didn’t even think about the freak ice age’s effect on gardening. Hope your babies are okay.

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