Winter was brutal- for Tucson standards anyway. We had two stretches of freezing night temps- dipping down to about 18 or 19 degrees a couple nights. It was the worst I've seen since I started gardening, and I lost so many plants. Every night blooming cactus in my yard is either dead or severely damaged. My two majestic old Prickly Pears (one featured in my header picture) are just stumps coming from the ground. The dead and rotting pads filled a pickup truck load. The Sky Flower, Hibiscus, two Passion Vines, all seem lost. My sweet little Ponytail Palm- if it comes back it will be amazing.
But it seems Spring has found us at last...and the little bulb garden I planted in the fall is really coming to life. The first Crocus opened up yesterday.
As I walked around the yard, I noticed the little Mescal Bean Tree, the first one I planted, has some tiny blooms starting. This little tree has not grown an inch, and has deformed leaves, never thriving no matter what I did. But it is going to bloom! It made my heart soar.