Well ok, I personally don’t mock winter. I kind of cower at the idea of it. But I found a Portland Garden that is mocking winter and its freezing temperatures; remember the Arizona-esque garden I took you to (twice) last summer?
I did a drive by the other morning to see how they were protected their plants from the cold cold temps we’ve been enduring. They aren’t.
Not a sign of plant protection.
And not a sign that any of the plants care.
They all look fabulous.
Well except for this little crumpled Verbascum, but since it’s hardy to something like 0 F it should be fine.
And the Prickly Pear and a little deflated, but they too should recover.
Last summer a neighbor told me about this garden and said he watched it sail through the cold and snow of last winter without loosing a single pant.
Who ever you are…you people who live in this fabulous brick house with this kick-ass garden, you are my heroes. And someday I’m going to work up the courage to knock on your door and beg you to share your knowledge with me. I’ll bring a bottle of wine; do you like red or white?
I also drove by Kennedy School to see how they were protecting their newly planted (just last summer) desert-look garden. Same story, tough love.
I’m pretty certain this Spiral Aloe is not happy at 13 degrees…
And this Squid Agave (or is an Octopus Agave…I’m not sure I know how to tell the difference), I’ll be checking back to see how it looks when we warm up.
I planted a couple of these last spring. Mine are currently under burlap and bubble wrap. According to my tag (from Cistus) the top is hearty to 18, and it has come back from the roots, if mulched well, to 0F. Dave’s Garden says hardy to 20. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. If it does survive this, I’m buying more!
Agave 'Blue Glow’ hardy to 25-30F according to San Marcos Growers. Not looking so good for this guy. Since we’ve been below that 3 nights in a row and barely reached that in the daytime.
Agave parryi (lil guys) should be fine.
Agave victoria regina, not sure what one exactly but looks a lot like my Agave victoriae-reginae 'Porcupine' which should be hardy in a zone 7 (0-10F)
I think this one is Agave gentryi 'Jaws' – San Marcos says 0-10F so…should be ok. Like a wimp I covered mine with burlap and leaves. Hesperaloe and Prickly Pear…
Callistemon, I wish I knew what variety. I planted 2 of these, different varieties, last summer.
Manfreda 'Macho Mocha’ which should be okay to 10F but looks like it’s lost its color.
This is what it looked like in September…
Both of these gardens are in my neighborhood, so I’ll check back for damage and file a casualty report, if needed.