I know, I know. I’ve been away. There’s lots to catch up on, but I’ll do that over the next few posts. Today, I want to keep it current and talk about our recent freeze. It started with some BIG west-Texas-style wind. It saved me some money, because it took out my last remaining photinia for me.
Last year about this time, we had the coldest temps we’d had in years, in very dry weather, and for a prolonged period. Many of us in Central Texas fretted over the freeze, worked frantically to protect plants and ultimately lost quite a few despite our efforts.
What a difference a year makes! We just had over 75 hours straight of below freezing temps, with wind chills close to zero. That’s cold for us Texans and plants accustomed to 8b weather. I observed, though, from twitter conversations, that we weren’t too concerned. Whatever would live, would live. It’s just too much effort to baby them through the summer, then have to do it again in the winter.
I know I’m “maturing” as a gardener, I suppose, because I’m using less exotic, borderline-hardy plants, and moving more towards the tried and true natives that I can count on. Or else I’m getting lazy and my pocketbook is getting thin.
So I’m documenting what worked and what didn’t in my garden. Between the previously mentioned post about last year’s freeze, and this post about the drought, I’ll have a list of plants that are tough. No more pansy-ass plants for me.
I’m learning to appreciate plants that I’ve taken for granted.
And surprised by a few.
Some seem too delicate to survive, but they do anyway.
And speaking of delicate, below is a passalong from ESP, and I’m delighted to learn of its hardiness! However, I’m hoping that my good friend will come to my rescue and give me the name again?
And some I don’t know if they’ll be returning or not.
Some of my older plants have gotten smaller over the past two harsh winters.
This Sword Fern was quite large in its first year. The past two years, it has had to return from roots following harsh freezes and covers more ground but is less dense.
Some plants do much better when I just leave them the hell alone. This Loropetalum below hasn’t been moved. It’s sibling has been relocated 4 times in 4 years. Needless to say, it is struggling but still surviving. (Blame the garden designer.)(me).
So what made it through the freeze in your garden? What pansy-ass plants can you tell me to avoid planting? I need John Wayne or Ann Richards style plants, not scene-stealing high maintenance Lindsey Lohans.