I have a huge favor to ask of you. If you run into Mother Nature, could you, would you, please ask her to send us warmer weather. Barring that, maybe she could arrange a warm blanket of snow to cover my garden and protect the plants that I so lovingly tucked into the ground just a few weeks ago. I gave them all a nice drink of water and tucked them in for the winter under a mulch blanket, but, I'm just not sure they are ready for the roller coaster weather ride we'll be on over the next week or so. Heck, I'm not ready for the ride! Ups and down with 30 degree changes in temperatures are hard on plants. Gardeners in colder climates often feel a bit envious that we can grow plants they can't. Plants here, are exposed to the elements all winter long and take a beating. Even when mulched well, they can get heaved out of the ground. You should see the heucheras by springtime. Not a pretty sight. Sometimes, I envy the snow cover that protects a northern garden all winter long.
I just read what I wrote and Santa, I've changed my mind. I don't want a warm blanket of snow on my garden. Do you know what the effect of snow is on a city like Nashville? Schools are closed, people rush to the stores and buy all the milk and bread, the crazy drivers are out and sometimes they shut down the government. I have definitely decided that I would rather Mother Nature send us a mild winter,
*Here's a seasonal song for you all