That, after a hard freeze Thurs AM (26F low), and 3 other frosts (27-32F lows) the previous 10 days, with high temperatures 5-10F cooler than average. The plants still think it's fall; they must know more than I do.
Many make excuses now, saying "New Mexico is brown". No - wrong plants, wrong place, and desert-disconnected design.
When well-designed, the cool season landscape (Nov-March), is far from dull in Albuquerque and the Desert SW. A few clues:
1) contrast of hardscape forms and plant massing, especially those with year-round bones and live foliage
2) appropriate native and adapted species
3) sculpture plants (flowers are fleeting)
4) soft plants behind evergreens and spiky plants
Mexican Blue Sage / Salvia chamaedryoides is still flowering nicely. Only some bees, moths, and butterflies left. The hummingbirds left early this year, as in recent years. They know something I don't, too.