It’s Groundhog’s Day which means it’s the day we predict if we are about to have 6 more weeks of Winter or if Spring will start soon. Every year I hope and pray that we do NOT have 6 more weeks of cold, dreary, ugly winter weather. The winter is my least favorite season because I hate the cold. And it’s so hard on our plants.
But of course, I wake up this morning to the news that the “official” groundhog saw his shadow. But as I read the article further, it said he is wrong more often than he is right! So I’m going to run with that and hope he is wrong this year and we get spring early as usual in this area.
We’ve had an unseasonably cold winter this year, and it’s been miserable. Houston (yes, in South Texas) has had snow and ice three times this season. Three! For only the second time in history from what I’ve been told. Last weekend I went to Florida for my cousin’s wedding and the weather was much more bearable. The highs were in the low 70s and the lows in the mid-upper 50s.
Anyway, all this cold and snow and ice have wreaked havoc on our gorgeous tropical backyard. Just two months ago I was bragging about how it was mid-December and all of our plants were still lush and green! I guess I spoke too soon. There’s no green to be seen in our entire yard. Even the grass is all straw-colored right now.
Of course, one of the only things the freeze didn’t kill off is the weeds. The bottom of the herb garden is getting overgrown with weeds, but since we aren’t sure what we are going to do in that area this year yet, we are just letting it grow for now. There’s no reason to fight it.
In the vegetable garden, the only things that have the smallest bit of green left are the mint leaves and the green onion. The mint is getting much more sparse now, though, compared to how it was even just a few weeks ago. I don’t know how the bulbs of the green onion are doing, but I usually use just the tops of them so I cut a bit off and let it grow back. At this time, it’s working pretty well.
All of the ginger plants have gone completely brown, and the canna lilies are non-existent at this time. We cut the banana trees back a few weeks ago since they were starting to die, and we haven’t seen any new growth on those just yet. The spider grass has a little bit of green, but it’s not doing well either.
Even the pineapples, which have stood up to a lot of the cold, finally started to turn brown after we had ice for almost 3 days last month. I was hoping the blackberry bush would be ok since they generally like cooler weather, but no such luck there.
Justin and I have a reminder set in the calendar in the next few weeks to get out there and clean out the plants. Then we are going to decide what plants we want to try to grow this year based on what we eat the most, and what has done well in the past. Since we are going to start mostly from seeds again, the end of February has been a good time to plant since the weather (usually) gets warm here starting in March. By the time the plants all sprout, the weather will be perfect for them. Then we are going to go buy some mulch and add more mulch to everything.
In other backyard news, we did get a nice used rug for out by the fire pit area! Justin’s parents got a new outdoor rug for their porch so they gave their old one to us. Whenever we have a fire we may have to remove it since I don’t know how hot it gets underneath, but it looks nice out there!