The calendar shows 2012 as a Leap Year. And in gardening terms, It should also be "leap year" for my garden. There is a saying among gardeners regarding perennials that the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap. In other words, after transplanting perennials, they need to first get established, then they slowly start to take hold, and finally -- beginning with the third year -- they leap into full growth. If that holds true, the perennials I began planting in 2009 should be "leaping" by early summer.
Of course, the weather has to cooperate and that's sometimes a tall order here in south Texas. The big freeze in February 2010 and the heat and drought of last summer knocked some of the perennials for a loop. This creeping germander has been set back by the heat and spent last summer sleeping when it should have been creeping. It's beginning to creep a bit now so what will it do next spring. Will it leap or creep?
The Russian Sage should be taller and fuller by next fall's bloom season
Perhaps this Blue Hill Salvia will "leap" over the stone edging as planned
The white-blooming lantana, salvia, and plumbago in this bed have definitely slept and crept, so even a little leaping would be appreciated next year.
No doubt the Artemsia "Powis Castle" will leap.
This Flame Acanthus has not disappointed so far with its growth and blooms last summer. I will enjoy seeing it leap and set even more blooms next summer.
Will the Callistemon "Little John" (in the foreground above) recover from last year's deep freeze?
This Firebush (Hamelia patens) is already growing well and setting blooms right through December. Should I expect even more next year?
Is this the year Pomegranate "Wonderful" will set fruit?
This Indigo Spires Salvia has already grown and bloomed beautifully these first two years, how much better will it look when "in-Spired" by leap year?
Yes, this should be a great "leap year" in the garden.