Tender Loving Care
Gardens Illustrated|February 2018

Even as winter prepares to loosen its grip, Frank finds himself worrying about the tender plants that might not survive its final blast

Frank Ronan

It is a dangerous time for the somnolent. Warm days and lengthening days will have them stirring in their stores and there will be a great temptation, after months of mean trickles that kept the soil just this side of dust, to give everything a good drenching. Leaves are crisp, stems are withered; tubers and rhizomes shrivel with every passable day. Those salvias look as though they are past saving, and some of them are, but the best chance of the survivors is that you keep your head well into March. We may be about to have our coldest weather.

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