We've had a couple of nights of hard frost recently and yesterday I was finally able to take a tour around the garden. It was depressing, to say the least. I know things will brighten up again in spring, but I thought I'd share the sad sight with you.
In the front garden the sweet potato vine is now brown mush.
In the back, the milkweed which were blooming up until last week are now shriveled up.
On the plus side, with their dying breaths, they let loose a zillion more seeds! (To add to the zillion or so seedlings poking up through the mulch and in the lawn all around them)
The Dallas lantana, that until a week or so ago were providing sustenance to Buckeyes and Gulf Fritillaries, are now history.
The Trop-Canna froze back, like they did last year. I think all I need to do with these is cut them back and they will come back next year. I may have move them in to a bigger pot at some point though, this one looks pretty cramped in this pot.
Even the crepe myrtle suffered freeze damage.
The only spot of color are the pansies I put in at Thanksgiving. Hopefully they will continue to bloom until spring.
Now I have a question for you -- seeing all this devastation around the garden, I'm itching to get out there and start tidying up. But I'm wondering how much is too much.
Should I rip the dead milkweed out of the ground to let the seedlings take their place, or should I cut them back look forward to new growth in the spring?
What about the lantana? Does it put out new growth after freezing back, or is it gone for good?
Any and all advice will be appreciated.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.