I haven’t yet had much time for my garden this year…no, let me rephrase that. I’ve scarcely looked at it until 2 weeks ago, only vaguely glancing in that direction when I pulled out of the driveway in the morning, and not at all when I pulled in, in the evening. But when I finally walked around outside, my husband thought I was nuts, running around shrieking “Look at this! Look at THIS! Can you believe THIS is coming back??"
It would seem that our crazily warm winter has brought back my annuals – things like begonias and asparagus ferns.
I’m a firm believer in sucking up all the autumn leaves with this leaf sucker thing (blower, mulcher, whatever-you-call-it) and emptying bag after bag into my flowerbeds. Well, where else am I going to dump it? I’m not putting 45 bags of leaf mulch on the curb for the garbage guys. So I just pile it on there. Usually, it works very well to protect all my tender little perennials (and those tropical plants I like to put in my garden…)
Every year, some of my annuals come back (thanks to my free mulch, I like to think.) They’re little bitty and spend a lot of time putting out 5 leaves and a flower. But hey! It’s nature, and I love them anyway.
But this year, they came back full force. I’ve never seen anything like it, here in Oklahoma.
Below, the leaf on the right hand side of the picture is a gerbera daisy, which is only hardy in zones 9-11, and it came back in our newly re-zoned zone 7. Wild!
I believe La Nina was fully responsible for this, but on Monday, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center proclaimed La Nina as “officially over.” Now, we have El Nino to look forward to…and some say it’s already developing.
So, what came back in your garden this year that you aren't used to seeing?