I don't rely much on astronomical features, or a calender based on that, to gauge what happens down on earth For horticulture and humans, it's best to look at what's happening near the ground - how or if it's warming in response to the sun getting higher. Meteorological spring.
So, we'll do that, as I do some errands before my business trip.
Evergreens are still king in mid-March this year and many others, where we get at least 2 months of winter.
|Zooming in, I realized this wasn't a duo of multi-headed Yucca elata.|
|Case and point, just around the block from the last photo. See the difference? Which insulates against Albuquerque's and other desert locales' extremes of heat and cold? More on this topic, some other post.|
|I wonder what story this recovering Century Plant / Agave americana is telling us? Just the 2/2011 uber-freeze, or was it also the 2 winters since - low single digits at least twice. The owners were wise to not remove it in 3/2011; it's recovering.|
|Southern Magnolia / Magnolia grandiflora requires a moister setting than this|
gravel front yard has, complete with its scalloped concrete ring. (just for
Danger Garden - I'm seeing such things way too much, thanks to her making
me even more aware than I already was of NM's tendencies to do that...)
|Another Southern Magnolia around the block. And more ugly edging!|
|This planting is on a northeast-facing exposure. With perhaps some other cultural needs being met, the transition from nature in the southeast to |
|Arizona Cypress / Cupressus arizonica anchoring a corner of a monumental |
building at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Tough, blue-green glory!
|Mexican Plum / Prunus mexicana showing individuality in the same spot. One|
tree further along in the season than another of the same species is not a real
problem to a real designer. Enjoy the green in the background!
And these are just some plants leafing out, and only a couple weeks late -
Mexican Blue Sage
Autumn Joy Sedum
You are now free to visit the other foliar-oriented posts on Pam's monthly Foliage Follow-up - here. Enjoy!