Though the gardener barks at the chilly breezes, he is aware that weather is variable, particularly in March when there might be temperatures in the seventies and teens, sometimes within the same week. Still, he has been spoiled by the mild temperatures of late winter, and now he pouts over a period of cold. Flowers of magnolias and camellias have spoiled in the freeze, which is hardly unusual. and the gardener is anxious to again feel the warming sun on his back. Perhaps next week.
Despite temperature swings that encouraged, then damaged early growth, the garden is ready for spring. Many flowers have weathered the cold, and while the fate of emerging leaves is still in question, the results have not been disastrous. All that is required for a satisfactory result is a change from this miserable cold.
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Love that paperbush. Will check to see if it is hardy here in central Indiana. I need more flowering shrubs, especially if they will grow near black walnuts.
When I first planted paperbush it was rated as zone 7, but in more recent years I’ve seen it as zone 6. Don’t believe it. I see damage at zero degrees, and long established plants suffer extensive stem dieback at three to six degrees below. This winter wasn’t challenging at all, but I suspect that we haven’t seen the end of cold winters.
Hi Dave, I always enjoy my visits here. Always feel I learn something and your posts are always very interesting to read. Thank you 🙂
Hello, very inspiring photos. My Mum in Ireland suggested that I grow Mahonia in NYC I’m not sure if I’ve even seen it in here ?!. I love Hellebores too. I look forward to Spring which officially begins tomorrow.