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Check out the beautiful narcissus at Zanthan Gardens. These are the flowers that us northerners force in pots and must then throw out because it gets too cold for the beauties to winter over. My oldest son, who works in the grounds department of the local psych center and gets “stuck” planting the flowers, once bought paperwhites thinking they were the Narcissus poeticus that we grow all around here. We had a very mild fall and early winter, and they bloomed before being wiped out by the cold. People there thought he was quite the skilled gardener to pull off that trick. Daffodils in December, can you imagine? Well, if you live in Texas, you probably can imagine it, but it’s pretty improbable around these parts.

Anyway, these are gorgeous photos and I urge all flower-hungry northerners to go over there and drink deeply with your eyes.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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