Today was the 3rd day that our temps were well under the freezing point with an expected low tonight of 13 degrees. Most of my plants have died, about 80% of them, but some are still alive. I have moved all of my most prized potted plants into the garage and they are doing ok thanks to my little space heater that I run to heat the garage.
A lot of my in-ground landscaping plants have died, BUT a few have survived and are looking pretty good! The “Dusty Miller” is looking great, the roses are looking good, and the “Shasta daises” that were grown from seed in an organic flower bed last summer show signs of “cold related cosmetic damage”, but are still very much alive and thriving! I really didn’t expect them to do so well.
Next growing season should be pretty fun, now that I know more about the “cold hardiness” of what I have planted in the native soil.
I just cannot get over how my roses have resisted the cold! Must be the organic environment that they are growing in. I have heard that most plants that are growing organically, have a general 4 degree temperature advantage in “cold hardness” over their counterpoints.. Apparently this is quite true from what I have observed this winter.
- 10 Jan, 2010
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