However, I have not forgotten my garden back home. How could I, with all the news about the Arctic chill across the nation. There is not much I can do about my plants back home; nothing I can do to protect my lemon and lime trees from the deep freeze; my winter vegetable garden with peas, radish, chard, arugula, pak choi. What of all the herbs; sages, parsley, thyme, rosemary. Then the tender perennials and annuals. I know some of them will survive. Surely the bluebonnets, blue eyed grass, coreopsis, blanket flowers.
I have even worried about my local nurseries. How will they be coping with the freeze? Many do not have greenhouses where they can protect the most tender of their plants. If they do have protection it is often just a plastic tarp over hoops. Will this be enough against temperatures in the teens?
I have already reconciled myself to a complete makeover in the spring and am making plans, in my head. More natives of course, but will I be able to keep away from some of the plants that I love from milder climates. I doubt it. Gardeners face challenges ever day and not one ever gives up.