Saturday, January 12, 2013

We Now Conclude Our Mild Winter

Brassica oleracea var. longata
The entire West Coast, all the way down to Southern California, is currently experiencing a healthy dose of freezing weather.  The good news is we're still within the realm of what's normal for us, making this a great opportunity to test out the hardiness of some newer plants.  Of course, the frost will take with it more than a few brugmansias, kangaroo apples, castor beans, abutilons, iochromas, and bromeliads that were pushing their luck anyway.

Mahonia x media 'Charity' is just about to open its hummingbird-friendly flowers
Even though the daytime highs are barely above freezing, no ice has formed on the fountain yet.

January 12th, 2013
Compared with the worst of the freezing weather from the previous two winters...

Winter 2011/2012 (Jan. 2012)
Winter 2010/2011 (Nov. 2010)
The subfreezing weather causes mottling effects on some plants.

Aspidistra elatior
Eucalyptus pauciflora
Others are just a bit droopy.

Drimys winteri
Some irreplaceable plants have gotten a little protection but for the most part I'm seeing how things handle this bout of freezing weather on their own.

Butia capitata
Lowest temperature so far this season: 21 degrees F/-6 C on Jan 13, 2013.

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