There was a late "first frost" this year - I woke up on New Year's Eve to find the first heavy frost draping the vegetable garden. The side vegetable garden and backyard garden (where the new muscadines are planted, along with a few fruit trees) have no protection from frost - while the front garden (with large bald cypresses, a southern Magnolia, a river birch and several deciduous magnolias) and other side garden (filled with six towering live oaks) offer protection to the plants living beneath. So there are still green leaves on some of the hydrangeas and perennials - and today I noticed that my morning glory on the front fence still had a bloom.
Things I need to do: finish planting the bulbs (late purchases), sow the poppy seeds, dig up some of the Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blaumeise' that have rooted and transplant them in the front garden, relocate perennial salvias from out in front of the front fence (that haven't been blooming because of too much shade) and find them some sun, order asparagus crowns to fill in the area in the asparagus bed that has been enlarged, and get two more blueberry bushes. Things I want to do: find a few Edgeworthia chrysantha plants, plant a few italian cypresses (for along the back fence, where the fruit trees and muscadine vines are planted), and research drought tolerant grasses. Things I should do: prepare lectures for my Spring semester course, work on two manuscripts, and prepare a proposal for submission.