Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fretting over plants



The recent cold snap is finally breaking and with it a sense of relief. I always worry about certain plants during the winter. Actually, when looking at the recent temperatures, they don't look too bad. After all, the lowest temperature we had was in the low teens. It was the span of the cold that makes me wonder. We had a ten day (more or less) period of temperatures below freezing. Maybe this is not as bad on plants as a sudden freeze that comes out of the blue.

One plant that was on my mind was the Armandii clematis and I suppose the reason I thought about it a lot is because I can see it easily outside the window. That and the fact that this is my second attempt to grow it. One website says that it is hardy to -5. I don't know about that but perhaps it is hardier than I imagined. I mulched it heavily with pine straw and can only hope for the best. Looking at it today, it looks fresh and revived.

Last night was another frigid one with temperatures around 20. The forecast for the next ten days is warmer days and low temperatures all above freezing. It is going to feel really good!

15 comments:

  1. We have an armandii growing in the gardens at work, which is a zone colder than home. We get into the lower teens out there a couple times each winter and the plant has lived for at least 13 years. So you should be OK.

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  2. It's a beauty, Phillip, hope Les is right. I was looking at my journals from last year and see we had a low of 7 degrees about this time. Is that worse than the steady cold we also have had? We shall see in the spring, but right now we need some rain. Warm rain would be good. :-)
    Frances

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  3. I do hope your plants are fine.

    I have been fretting over my plants from seeing the weather reports from afar. We just returned (after midnight) from vacation. I've not walked the garden today but, from the window, it doesn't look good at all. I'm afraid to look closer!

    Cameron

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  4. Phillip, we have a thermometer that will give the lowest temps it has recorded and the highest. So far we have 7 degrees and we are only 16 miles from Florence. I hope it doesn't affect my marginal plants too. Sometimes I try and push my zone.
    Jen

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  5. I hope it's fine Phillip~~it's a good looking clematis. I've noticed that the camellia's flowers were wiped out by the cold...sigh! gail

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  6. We are having a January thaw right now too. I hope you don't have any permanent damage in your garden. It is too early to tell here. It will get cold again no doubt. Hopefully not for as long of a time.

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  7. I'm glad the bitter cold is on the wane. Back to normal is going to feel like summer!

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  8. I am ready for spring! Your clematis looks nice and healthy. I was concerned about my tea olives, but they look OK. I like the lattice the armandii is growing on. I am looking forward to seeing spring photos of your garden!

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  9. Oh yes, we got the warm(ish) weather here today and boy did it feel good. I too worried about the length of time we were below freezing. Sounds like your clematis may have no trouble though and I look forward to seeing it this spring. I guess we ALL look forward to some surprises this spring as well!

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  10. It is finally warming up here! It was in the mid 50s today...and it felt like a Spring day! I hope you don't lose any plants from the cold!

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  11. Spring will be nail-biter this year, waiting to see who survived this prolonged cold to emerge victorious from the ground.

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  12. Oh, I'm glad some weather relief has found you, Phillip. I don't know this plant, but I'm optimistic that yours will pull through. I always say plants can't read their care tags and zonal recommendations, so here's hoping...

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  13. I'm glad your armandii looks like it's pulled through. That's one I've always wanted to add to the garden after seeing it at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh -- the vanilla fragrance of the flowers is outstanding.

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  14. This cold spell has been hard on gardeners over the entire country... or the eastern 2/3 at least. Good luck, I hope you didn't suffer any lasting damage.

    Temps here are above freezing. We are all ridiculously happy over this small improvement:)
    Marnie

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  15. I am so glad the frigid temps are moving out and that you will be more back to your norm. Hopefully all of your plants have made it through OK. Lovely glimpse into your world Phillip! Carol

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