|Puya coerulea in the foreground with Grevillea juniperina 'Molonglo'in the background|
Of course a lot of things I’ve featured simply because they were looking fabulous in that moment and I realized their time was doomed, like the Puya above which was featured right before our December cold snap.
But I’m curious, how does the overall list hold up, it's time to take a tally. My featured plants are listed below, the name is a link to their “fav” post and notes on their current condition follow (and yes, this is one of those posts that’s more for me than you, still I hope you find it useful).
Veratrum californicum - looks even better than last week when I featured it.
Tetrapanax papyrifer - of the 11 stalks total, 6 are leafing out at the top, the other 5 are showing signs of branching further down the trunk.
Polypodium scouleri/P. guttatum/Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' - all are happy and looking good.
Agave bracteosa - most of them sailed through the winter although 2 looked so bad I put them out of their misery.
Asparagus densiflorus 'Meyersii' - looks great!
Genista aetnensis - they booth look exactly like the day I posted about them.
Astelia nivicola ‘Red Gem’ - didn’t loose a single leaf, still looks wonderful.
|Astelia nivicola ‘Red Gem’|
Ajuga black scallop - looking good and preparing to bloom.
Podocarpus matudiae - it’s growing, still needs to be put in the ground.
Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard' - all good!
Adiantum venustum - lots of green new growth.
Aucuba japonica ‘Longifolia’ - had to dig one of the three to make room for the fence construction and it's since been replanted. None of them missed a beat.
Juniperus conferta 'Blue Pacific' - so perfect I bought a second and wish I could find a third or fourth.
Mr. Big, Agave Americana ‘Variegata’ - looking good after a winter spent in the shade pavilion greenhouse.
Puya coerulea - dead dead dead - a mushy brown mess.
Banksia marginata - top trunk and branches dead, all foliage dropped - might have come back from the roots but I don't have the space or patience to wait and see.
Fatsia polycarpa 'Needham's Lace' - I did the unthinkable and moved this beautiful plant a couple of weeks ago, it looked pretty sad but is starting to come out of it, I am hopeful it will make it.
|Fatsia polycarpa ‘Needham’s Lace’|
Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’ - both are in the beginning stages of blooming.
Agave gentryi 'Jaws' - the center cone turned to mush, the whole thing fell over and I put it out of its misery.
But it looks dead! (a Halloween addition) - the only plant from this ensemble post that didn't make it is a Pseudopanax crassifolius. It put up a good fight but succumbed to the winter madness.
Echium candicans 'Star of Madeira' - dead in a big dramatic and ugly way.
|Echium candicans 'Star of Madeira|
Eryngium venustum - all good, although greatly reduced in size from the winter chill.
Mesquite Tree (at my mother-in-law’s) - still happy.
Salvia discolor - very dead from the winter cold, I will buy another when I see it available.
x Mangave 'Macho Mocha' - a stinky pile of goo, I left the roots and only removed the bits above ground hoping it might make a comeback when the temperatures warm.
|x Mangave 'Macho Mocha' with Agave ovatifolia in the foreground|
Fatshedera 'Aureo Maculata' - a bit burned back by winters cold, all in all quite happy and I recently bought a seond plant!
Senecio mandraliscae - over wintering happily on the window sill and due to return outdoors soon.
Cordyline Cha Cha - dead!
Hedychium coccineum 'Tara' - dormant and hopefully due to return, only time will tell.
Agave americana ‘striata’ - looking good in the shade pavilion greenhouse.
Clematis tibetana var. vernayi - new green growth started emerging about a month ago, very much alive.
Sansevieria cylindrica - powering on, still in less than ideal conditions.
Acanthus sennii - no show thus far, fingers crossed that any day it will start to push up out of the soil.
Eryngium maritimum - pretty much dead, I have very little hope.
Leucadendron ‘Ebony’ - happy and about to be planted up into a larger container.
Rodgersia 'Bronze Peacock' - still sleeping, should make an appearance soon.
Alstroemeria isabellana - oh gosh, I'm worried about this one, giving it a little more time to wake up.
Podocarpus alpinus ‘Orangeade’ - looking fabulous.
Tetrapanax papyrifer - I "faved" this one twice and it was covered at the top of the post.
Rhododendron sinogrande - it sailed through the winter cold!
Cordyline australis - gone but not forgotten, they'll come back from the roots for sure.
Wingthorn Rose - cut back to the base and starting to regrow, there is no stopping this one.
Echium x wildpretii 'Rocket' - it bloomed, I cut it out, the bees mourned.
Adiantum pedatum - all's good...starting to send up new shoots.
Leptospermum 'Dark Shadows' - made it through another winter in a protected container, gotta love that.
Sophora prostrata 'Little Baby’ - dunno. When I do the scratch test the trunks are green, but there are no leaves. I have hope.
|Sophora prostrata 'Little Baby’|
Agave parryi 'JC Raulston' - a couple of leaves have blemishes but I don't think I'll loose any.
Stachyurus salicifolius - buds about to burst open any day.
Epimedium wushanense - a little knocked back by the cold but keepin on keepin on.
Euphorbia stygiana - so beautiful in it's demise but dead dead dead.
Sempervivum - just dandy.
Eriobotrya japonica - the oldest just survived a move (fingers crossed) and the younger is now poised to take over the former privet lands!
Dasylirion wheeleri - these just keep on being amazing. Up to 5 of them in the ground and I bought another that will be planted soon.
Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Harmony’ - a bit of tip die-back from the cold but all in all unharmed.
Clianthus puniceus - oh so dead, from the cold.
Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens - if the name "cast iron plant" wasn't already taken it could apply to this.
Acacia pravissima - sad, dead. So dead, and gone.
Yucca filamentosa / Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata' - it's got a super ugly case of yuccahne but it should grow out of it.
Euphorbia rigida - the plant I featured is gone (a causality of the rhody removal) but it's babies live on.
Sedum rubrotinctum - unbelievably some are still alive, having made it though 12F in a container in the unheated garage, wow!
Saxifraga - another group post and they all look great.
Echium wildpretii - the one pictured below bloomed and died it's natural death. Two others died in the ground, ones that would have bloomed this summer. However one tiny little plant powered on, we'll see what it does this summer.
Edgeworthia chrysantha - just finished up blooming and is starting to put on it's leaves.
Yucca filamentosa at my mom's - made it through another cold Spokane winter with no ill-effects, although my dad talks of getting out the chain saw and taming it.
Callistemon viridiflorus - both plants seem to have made it through the winter with out missing a beat. Hopefully there will be blooms this year!
Mystery yucca - it has returned, with a tiny sibling.
Cast Iron Plant - all the solid green leafed plants are grand. The spotted ones (not featured in the post) however are crispy and ugly, presumed dead.
Grevillea juniperina 'Molonglo' - as I mentioned at the very beginning of this post I dug them all out last weekend. They were defoliating from the center out and just too ugly to leave. There was green wood and they might have staged a come back but I just couldn't look at them any longer. A plant that used to being me great happiness was bringing me down.
Carex brunnea ‘Jenneke’ - dug both of these out too. They just turned ugly.
Fatsia japonica - nothing gets to this plant. It lost a lot of leaves in the cold but is putting on new growth and looking fabulous.
Callistemon ‘Clemson’- this is the plant that started it all! My first "fav" - sadly it couldn't cope with the winter chill and died back to the ground. We'll see if it has the strength to come back from the roots.
Shall we tally them up?
Dead = 16
Too early to tell = 6
Which means the vast majority are still alive, okay I guess there's no curse just a gardener with a taste for risk...
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