It is snowing in Georgia today and my garden is pretty covered. We don’t get a lot of snow here and when we do it is usually an inch or two that melts the next day. We are fortunate to have lots of sun that helps melt it all away quickly. When we do get snow it is mostly a little snow with hard ice on it, thus all the jokes about Southern drivers. Sadly, we don’t know how to drive on icy snow. Though I am not a huge fan of cold, I do love to see the pretty snowy Georgia garden. It definitely gets me into the holiday spirit.
What lives in a snowy Georgia garden?
Now that is a good question. We have had a very mild weather up until this snow. It has been in the mid to upper 60s and sunny, so many of my Fall plants were still thriving. I have Knockout roses that are still in full bloom. Of course, after this cold snap that will sadly end.
Pansies of course
Most people think of pansies as very hardy winter plants and they truly are great. I love the happy faces of pansies and always plant a lot this time of year. For those of you who have read my other garden posts, you know I have a slight critter problem in my garden. A chubby chipmunk likes to eat all my flowers and in winter with less food available, he goes for all my pansies. It is tough to be a pansy in my garden.
They do very well all winter in my garden as long as they can avoid the chipmunks. Even sitting in a pot full of ice and snow, you can see the pansies were pushing their way out. I am pretty sure they were saying, “is this all you got?” to Mother Nature
There are other plants that do well in the winter and can handle some snow. Ornamental cabbage is one of my favorites as they are colorful and very hardy. I will be doing a post soon on winter plants to put in pots. I just created a pretty one for my front porch.
Others to consider are winterberry, boxwoods, and camelia. They all do well and can handle the cold. Sadly, what doesn’t do well are my Knockout Roses. It has been very warm here in the mid-60s and sunny so my roses were in full bloom. As you can see, they looked beautiful but the ice on them will put an end to the blooming. It is ok as they are hardy and will be back in the spring with lots of pretty flowers.
The last picture above is actually after another round of snow that happened later. Our weather is expected to stay cold with more snow through tomorrow. That means one more day of tough weather before things get more pleasant. Luckily there will be sun in the afternoon to melt all the snow and perk up the plants in my garden. I am sure they will be happy for warmer sunnier weather as will the chipmunk. He doesn’t care for the cold.
I am glad I got a chance to share my snowy Georgia garden with you. We don’t get snow often and it doesn’t stick around long, so when I get a chance to take pictures I am happy. I must say, it was a bit nippy out there and I was much happier going inside to drink some hot chocolate. I am pretty sure the chipmunk would have loved to join me, but he will just have to make do snacking on my pansies.
Average Cost of pansies:
$4-5 for a six pack of plants. Seeds are less expensive.
Where to buy:
Walmart, Home Depot, Pike or local nurseries. You can also buy online from various sites including Amazon.
Check out Walmart’s garden section as they have put a lot of plants on clearance to make room for Christmas trees. You may get some pansy plants very cheap there, like under $3.
Oh, the weather outside is frightful…
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