Some Like It Cold

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.DSC_0038

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.

DSC_0404

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.

DSC_0268

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.)

DSC_0389

The Clematis had spectacular blooms.  Clematis is hard to grow in this climate and the cold temperatures really encouraged blooms.

DSC_0393

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.

 

 


2 Comments on “Some Like It Cold”

  1. Up here, the mache & the onions wintered over quite well but we lost a couple of shrubs. Such a tough winter–glad it’s spring!!!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s