Thursday, March 6, 2008

Hibernating in the Hill Country

Boy, are we wusses down here. (At least I am - I'll just speak for myself.) The temperature dropped all day today - it's supposed to be 33 tonight. It's been raining and up to 25 mph winds. Just plain miserable if you ask me, but we did get 3/10 of an inch of rain, so that's good.

The only place I went today after taking my daughter to school was an underground parking garage so I wouldn't have to brave the elements. Hard to believe that I survived 4 winters in Minnesota in the Twin Cities area!

So, since we are still not quite past the point of freeze danger, my garage is still full o'plants. I miss the greenhouse from our previous house enough this year that I think we'll put one in here next Fall. But, for now, my greenhouse is the garage with space heaters and a nice window for light. Here's the tour!
My Duranta pruned to be a tree is sprouting new leaves.
(This is the mystery plant that MSS @
Zanthan Gardens helped me identify.)
The new thornless Mexican lime tree that I bought on Tuesday!
A cluster of half-dead or dormant pots and the Boston Fern
that Mom and Dad gave me for my birthday for Artemis' head!
A budding Plumeria stalk!
Hmmmmm...this is one of those unusual/exotic specimen plants that
I always buy at the Austin Zilker Garden Fest and can't remember the name of!
Anyone wanna guess?
Little annuals for window boxes and a Red Maple waiting for permanent homes
...and my fabulous Little Red Wagon that I couldn't live without!


Lisa at Greenbow said...

It looks as though spring is about to expode in your garage. I hope it warms up soon.

Diana said...

Yeah - and I need to get it cleaned out! We can't even move in there any more!!! I feel like something exploded in there, but it wasn't Spring!

Annie in Austin said...

I'm feeling like hibernating too, Diana, but your post reminded me that although the 2 plumerias are safely inside the garage - the Meyer's lemon has to come in tonight - thanks!


Nancy J. Bond said...

I'm glad to see that someone has something in bloom and growing -- it's still very much winter here in Nova Scotia. But you can feel the change in the air -- hope springs eternal! :)

Diana said...

Annie - glad I reminded you! I had to go out and bring a few things in myself. And tonight is supposed to be colder. Brrr. At least we're close to no more freezes!

Nancy - Hope does spring eternal! That's at the core of our gardening, isn't it? The hope that with a little education and a little love we can coax things to grow for us? Except my seedlings, of course, who have all died now except for 2 little sprouts!

Sherry at the Zoo said...

Poor plants. They want to go outside so bad, but this lovely weather just isn't cooperating! The moisture is good though, so I guess if I have to take the cold with it, I will.

Diana said...

Sherry - my plants DO want to go outside. I can feel the vibe from them! Soon, soon. Maybe next week or weekend. I really want to put my tomatoes in the ground, too. So much to do, so little time....

Yolanda Elizabet said...

A greenhouse would certainly be a good idea with all those plants you have that need safe keeping. I know enough of Austin now to realise that rain is a good thing! ;-)

When is the danger of frost gone? Here it is round the 20th of May, after that night frost is very rare.

Diana said...

You're right Yolanda - rain is a good thing around here. Even in the dead of winter here, we can have very sunny days. I used to go sit in my last green house in a lawn chair and take a snack and a book and sit in the sun inside the greenhouse when it was bitter cold outside. I miss being able to do that.

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