Oh February, why must you be so cruel? Just when it was looking like we were in the home stretch and things that *shouldn't* live through a Portland winter were going to, well, BAM! It's cold. And snowy.
We dodged the Sunday night/Monday morning snow that hit up in the Puget Sound area, in fact as the sun went down across P-town on Monday evening I thought we were in the clear. It was cold, but there was no snow. Ha, I was wrong.
Guess I can officially give up on the Tetrapanax blooming. They're not limp in this photo, but as I type we're looking at a 22-25F low for Tuesday night, that should do them in.
It's no secret that I'm not a fan of snow. I'd be perfectly fine never seeing it again, still, the documentarian in me felt the need to get out there and record the moment.
This storm was unusual in that we didn't have an ice-storm pre, or post, snowfall. That's a small victory I guess. Still I was praying the whole day that it would continue to warm and this would all melt, fast. It didn't, not all of it at least.
Under the clay pot is an Echium wildpretii. I covered the six largest in hopes they'd pull through.
Agaves do look extra dramatic in the snow...
And any bit of color jumps out from the white background.
Lately, as I eat my breakfast at the window on the far right, I watch the hummingbirds attacking the Edgeworthia blooms. This morning they made a couple quick passes but seemed to give up. Too cold I assume.
We got about an inch of snow total, it had started to melt by the time I got outside to start snapping. Unfortunately, as I said, it didn't all melt before the sun set.
Another Agave ovatifolia surrounded by Euphorbia rigida and a Yucca.
I thought this Passiflora Jamesonii 'Coral Seas' might just live on to bloom this spring and summer. Not so much now.
There's a trio of Mangave 'Inkblot' under that snow. Wonder how they'll fare?
Sempervivum, looking like snow flowers.
This Aloe aristata was protected by the overhanging Grevillea and Feijoa sellowiana foliage, the other Aloes were buried under the snow.
The driveway Agaves...
The pathway pavers are always the first thing in the backgarden to melt, they were all white when I woke up about 7am.
Sad Musa Basjoo.
Trachycarpus fronds display the snow nicely.
Looking down to the patio...
The Agave mounds just to the left of the pathway (above).
Blue sky is my favorite background.
And this might just be my favorite photo of the day. A pop of color from Grevillea miqueliana.
Sad Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'... I really was beginning to believe it was going to live on for another summer's enjoyment, despite it's not being hardy here. If it's not dead in this photo it certainly will be by the time you're looking at these photos, after a super chilly night.
I don't like those spots on this Agave bracteosa. It's one of the hardiest Agaves in the garden so it should be damaged by the temps thus far, but...
Sophora prostrata 'Little Baby' is always hard to get a good photo of, I was surprised to see it looking so dramatic. That's a random Stachyurus salicifolius branch photo-bombing.
I noticed lots of bird tracks around the garden, here's where one hung out on the side of an overturned pot.
Cold Sarracenia, I hope they'll be okay with all of this, because sadly it's not getting better for awhile.
A final shot of the back of the house....
And here's what I alluded to when I said it's not getting any better. I'm particularly concerned about things towards the end of this graphic. When it doesn't get above freezing during the day and night, that's when things get really ugly.
Weather Diary, Feb 5: Hi 37, Low 25/ Precip 0
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