Although our winter has been mild for the most part, we’ve had two extreme blasts roll out from the Arctic. They didn’t contain snow, and although that’s good for the roads, it isn’t good for the garden. Extreme cold with no moisture or snow insulation blanket is a very bad thing. Oklahoma is in a drought, and the gardens feel it most of all.
So, on a warmer day like today, go around and check your plants for heaving. Weather fluctuations causes the ground to shift and some plants to heave from the ground. Heucheras or coral bells as they are commonly called, are some of the most susceptible.
Then, go ahead and water your garden. I’m turning on my irrigation system today because the weather is supposed to be good for at least two days in a row. The garden is thirsting for a drink, and so am I. Dry cold weather is hard on all of us. When you water, fix yourself a big glass of agua too.
Pam from Digging sponsors Foliage Followup after Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Foliage in winter saves the Oklahoma landscape from being mostly brown and gray with a few Juniperus virginiana, Eastern redcedars thrown in. If you see small redcedars on your property, pull them up. They are taking over the Oklahoma prairie mile by mile. I have several, but no new ones if I can help it.
The lake is frozen this morning, but don’t be fooled into walking on it. Only the very top is an ice patchwork. Our friends have lost dogs who ventured out too far, but I remember one very cold winter when coyotes were starving, and they chased ducks across the frozen surface. Not this year though.
Not a lot more foliage to speak of this time of year, but this grass is certainly still beautiful. I hope it is also beautiful where you are whether you have snow cover or not.