Saturday, February 5, 2011

The wounded in my garden...


Last week's unseasonably cold temperatures -- down to 17 here at my house -- left their mark on the garden.

I think most of these plants are simply damaged and not actually dead.

But I'm going to cross my fingers for a little good luck, anyway.

I didn't cover anything this year. Too many years of running around on dark and blustery nights with sheets and blankets and rocks, trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to cover plants.

First of all, the freezes this week were to hard and too prolonged to benefit from any covering.

And, frankly, I'm tired of running around on dark and blustery nights with sheets and blankets and rocks, trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to cover plants!

So, come on a tour with me -- and send some good karma my way as you look at my sad specimens.

The first one is an umbrella plant, (Cyperus alternifolius). Like many more tropical plants, like Sagos (cycads), the cold weather turns it pale and papery.

This big blue Agave is sad on the bottom, but the firm and standing center is an excellent sign.
This variegated agave will be getting a haircut for sure.
For the first time, the Society Garlics are all looking miserable. I know they will revive, but expect to sheer them after the danger of frost has passed.
This Mangave looks pretty squishy to me...
See, here's a Sago (Cycad) that's lost almost all of its pigment. It's a pale version of its former self.
Two more squishy Agaves (that's the technical term). The top one is a passalong - variety unknown.
This Agave celsii took a hard pruning last winter, but eventually came back. And now, it's back to square one. Do you think they are tired of this? I sure am.

But I know my garden blogging friends anywhere north of here have it far worse in the winter. And, this is not our official whining season, it's theirs. Ours is reserved for August and September.

How squishy is your garden these days?