Last week, when I posted pictures of some of my cold-weather-caused plant death and damage, Gerhard asked if I had any positive surprises. Actually I do, although I guess I wouldn't label all of these surprises. More like good news...
I've got three Callistemon ‘Woodlander's Hardy Red’ - this is the best looking of the bunch, no damage!
Both of my Callistemon viridiflorus look good, this one especially (as do the arctostaphylos, one here in the background).
But both Callistemon viridiflorus 'Xera Compact' look a little iffy. The upper foliage is happy, the lower foliage is a bit crispy.
All the dasylirion (7 of them) look good, as to the cylindropuntia (also 7)...
I was worried about both Feijoa sellowiana, but this one especially. Being in a container it's bound to be a little less hardy than the one in the ground. They're both okay.
However there is a little leaf burn on the one in the ground, especially odd since both were wrapped when things were really bad.
This qualifies as a surprise. Based on previous winters, and the many Yucca aloifolia ‘Purpurea’ I've lost, I am very happy with how good this pair looks.
Silly little things but I do love them.
Okay I know this is supposed to be a good-news post but I've got to record it all! Eryngium proteiflorum, two of them, planted last fall, and they both look like this. So sad.
The new-growth tips on the Nolina nelsonii got nipped, but the rest looks okay.
A serious case of Yucca acne on the Yucca gloriosa 'variegata'...
Another surprise! Grevillea rivularis looks good, a little dead foliage towards the bottom.
And this! Whadda ya know? An Echium wildpretii...alive! Three are goners but this little guy hangs on.
The containerized tree fern (Dicksonia Antarctica) looks good, but then it should since it spent the cold days in the warm basement.
So did the Bocconia frutescens, but an unexpected night at 26F fried the leaves. I cut it back and hope it will respond kindly in the spring.
Look! I'm ready to declare this phormium as survivor. Especially since every other one in the garden has flopped. It was wrapped during the cold...
Because the foliage is just so gorgeous!
The Schefflera delavayi (also wrapped) looks good. Not really a surprise but I am thankful.
Ditto for the S. taiwaniana...
And this little one two.
Pyrrosia hastata (right) is looking a little wilted but P. sheareri (left) powers on.
This is a huge surprise, the Embothrium coccineum I planted last spring at about 12" tall and which is now over 8' tall is still alive. I did not expect this.
Rhododendron sinogrande looks a little goofy, but is still alive.
Yucca aloifolia ‘Blue Boy' also looks good. Although it's a little green...
The final surprise is this Aloe striatula. I've lost a couple in less cold conditions, and the one next door (which I blogged about here) died a quick death. But as crazy as it is this one is still alive. I'll take it! Of course I didn't talk about the agaves and their survival rate. I'm saving that for next week, an official agave post coming up! (oh and next week is now predicted to get cold...hopefully not too cold...)
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