“Not This Year”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Even though we live in a mild winter climate here on the Gulf Coast, we still can get some pretty cold weather. Mostly, however, our winters tend to be very chilly with the occasional hard freeze. Because of this mild weather, our gardens never really go dormant, and when winter finally arrives, we still have flowers.
This year the winter temperatures have been colder than normal. Starting in the late fall, we have had an extended period of very cold weather (for us that is) with several light freezes. This has caused many winter flowers to delay their blooming. The paperwhites I have planted in the garden usually bloom around Thanksgiving. This year, however, they didn’t show up until almost Christmas.
Usually, the Iceberg roses that are planted with the paperwhites are still putting out a few flowers to complement the small flowers at their bases, but not this year. (It is nice to have them blooming together because if a freeze is predicted, I will cut the roses and paperwhites for an indoor arrangement.)
The “Jetfire” narcissus which usually blooms in December has buds but no open flowers yet. The daffodils I planted this past fall would normally have foliage showing by now, but not this year.
Every year in the garden is different to some degree, but this year is starting out as a “not this year” sort of year. I hope this is not a harbinger of how the rest of the year will be.