You may have heard about the Texas Deep Freeze a few weeks ago. We had snow and sub-freezing weather for days, a very unusual occurrence for us in Southeast Texas.
The momentary beauty of the snowy landscape challenged our “hardy in Zone 8” plants, as you’ll see below.
But winter leads to spring each year like the pages of a book turning to a new chapter, and the verdant green landscape we cherish will return. But not without some work on our part.
The pruning has already begun. I loaded up a podcast and set out last weekend to whack the golden dewdrops, those lovely green plants you see draping over the back of the pool, down to about knee-high. That’s when I found this little jewel, a sleeping tree frog.
It was easy to photograph the frog when he was sleeping, but I really needed him to move so I could prune the plant. I bent the branch to make a bridge to the nearby camelia bush, which remained to true to its evergreen form in the freeze. Startled, the frog blinked at me, looked for an escape, and leapt.
Encountering that frog while I was pruning was surprisingly inspiring, a testimonial to spring renewal. But how did he survive the freeze? Well, apparently, frogs actually can and do freeze, including their hearts, and then thaw and get right back to living their everyday froggy life when it warms up. Who knew??? That’s a terrific spring / rebirth story. You can read more from the Discover Place “Ask a Naturalist” site here.
Renewal pruning, frozen and thawing frogs… it’s not easy being green. But it’s worth it. Kermit knows.
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