Some Like It ColdPosted: April 26, 2014
This past winter has been one of the coldest we have had on the Gulf Coast in awhile. As it turns out, many plants enjoyed the cold and actually thrived and improved. Of course, some did not make it through the freezes.
This White by the Gate camellia put on a spectacular show this spring. It was just filled with blooms. A couple of weeks later it bloomed again. Not quite as full as the first cycle, but a nice surprise. As spring continued with cool temperatures and low humidity, the camellia sporadically opened a few flowers each week. It seems that the cold temperatures and lack of rain kept away the fungus that makes the buds drop, giving a beautiful full bloom cycle for the camellia.
This Black and Blue Salvia was on its last leg and did not even bloom last year. Apparently, it liked being frozen to the ground. It came back stronger than ever and is producing flowers. Notice how black the buds look. They will turn blue when they open.
Another benefit of cold weather, is the lack of spider mites. This Oxalis is usually lacking its bright purple colors due to the mites sucking on it. (There is still a little pine pollen on it.)
The Clematis had spectacular blooms. Clematis is hard to grow in this climate and the cold temperatures really encouraged blooms.
The Hinckley’s Columbine has barely bloomed for the last two years, but this spring the flowers were so prolific the stems could not hold it them up.