The photos above are of the same clump of Sedum palmeri. It looks a little gelatinous, only time will tell. I did nothing to protect it.
This hardy Dyckia (below) looks good and has taken on a flush of pink (it’s twin in the back garden has a few new blemishes that look like cold damage, I’ll be watching it)...
It’s Agave and Opuntia neighbors are doing fine.
The big(ish) Agave Americana left in the ground in the front garden looks great!
But the Opuntia has developed an interesting pattern on its paddles.
And they’ve flopped over like they are taking a nap. The Puya look no different than before the freeze… the piles of brown leaves are the final remainder of the Canna’s. I don’t know if it helps but I’ve gotten in the habit of using the dead leaves to cover and hopefully protect them…I never dig them up but just leave them in the ground (because I am lazy).
I did wrap a bit of burlap and put a very large terra cotta pot over my Manzanita. It certainly doesn’t look like much in this picture but I do love it and wanted to do everything I could to protect it. Last year I saw several that suffered severe defoliation in the cold and I wanted to avoid that if I could. Luckily it looks completely unfazed.
Not so for this Echium wildpretii “rocket” which got the same treatment, it’s a bit freezer burnt around the edges, but at least it’s alive (it’s the only Echium in the ground still showing signs of life).
The Tetrapanax is voicing its displeasure. I’ll cut the leaves and use them to protect the roots before the next cold snap.
I did a little experiment with my Callistemon. I’ve got two ‘Woodlander’s Hardy Red’ the one in the front garden has only been in the ground for about 5 months, it was completely unprotected. The one in the back garden is 2 years old and I protected it. Here is the front garden specimen…
And the back garden…
No difference! My other two Callistemons (‘Clemson’and ‘viridiflorus’) were also protected and look fine. This is Calistemon 'Clemson.'
So on to the Echium collection! Completely gone is this little Echium Pininana. I wrapped it up good but this is what it looked like when I unwrapped it.
This is the same plant (a smaller seedling) in another part of the garden. I completely forgot about it.
Here is the formerly beautiful Echium wildpretii.
And Echium fastuosum “Pride of Madeira.”
These are my Phlebodium pseudoaureum (Blue fern) bought at the Fall Hardy Plant Society Sale. Protected but not looking too hot. Maybe they’ll pull through.
Agave parryi, A.bracteosa, and A. toumeyana are all looking just fine.
I planted two small Aloe saponaria pups in the ground last summer as an experiment. They should be hardy to about 15 degrees; they were frozen and have thawed with no obvious damage, yet. I’ll be keeping an eye on them.
My Grevillea juniperina 'Low Red' had started to form these little buds in October and I am happy to see that they look fine. I can’t wait to have orange red blooms in the dead of winter (fingers crossed).
And speaking of flowers, the blooms on the Mahonia weathered the cold just fine too, they provide a much needed bit of sunshine on a grey day.