Nurseries and garden centers are starting to get supplies of flowering annuals. Take advantage of early sales, but wait until at least mid-March to plant them to avoid a possible late freeze. Warm weather bulbs such as caladiums should not be planted until early April as the soil warms. They can rot if the soil is too cool and moist.
There are different theories about how long winter hangs around. Some say we can have a freeze anytime up to Easter, which this year is April 1. Others say that the danger of a killing frost is past once the mesquite tree puts on new leaves. For King William area gardeners, one to watch is in the side garden at 735 E. Guenther St. Nothing is as unpredictable as the weather. Take note and plant accordingly.