I THINK MY buddy, Jackson, has just finally thawed out from the -6 degrees to 0 degree weather we encountered in Yellowstone National Park two weeks ago.
And now we saw our own mini version of cold here this last week, which once again drives home for me how absolutely mild and wonderful it is here on the Peninsula.
However, last week’s cold snap has definitely delineated cold tolerant plants from sensitive ones.
Those summer plants are now brown and deteriorated.
They need to be pulled and composted.
Of course, we are still in prime bulb planting season, so buy and plant them like crazy.
But as we move through mid-fall into late-fall, let us explore all the possibilities of your seasonal holiday garden.
There is a wide range of plants that can be purchased now for great colors.
Heather, holly, kales, cabbages, colored evergreens, viburnum and Dusty Miller’s are only a few.
Go out, find these items or others that suit your house and plant them.
This is the best time because soil temperatures are still warm, the rains have begun and plants will have several months to adjust and adhere to your native soils before spring.
However, finding and planning these is the simplest part of the seasonal garden.
These finely textured, showy fall and winter plants need to be the focal point of a holiday display.
To set off your plant, inside or out, for the holidays you’ll find it’s easy being green — evergreen that is.
Now is the time to prune away any evergreens that are…
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