The Polar Vortex that crippled the south last week wreaked some havoc in my garden.
I could tell from the window that the Michelia foliage was damaged and the Camellia blossoms were brown and mushy. Today I ventured out (74 degrees) to access the damage.
Although there is some browning of foliage, it is not nearly as bad as I had anticipated.
The Michelia (now reclassified as a Magnolia) looks awful, but the buds seem to be viable in their protected furry coats.
The camellias, on the other hand did not fare as well. The good news is the plants survived, however, many tight buds came off in my hand when I touched them.
The few that are okay are on the underside of the foliage so I guess that was their protection . ( Like all gardeners, I wish plants could talk!)
Now for the bad news… I doubt there will be Hydrangeas this year, most of the buds are frozen & dead. While the stems appear fine right now, only time will tell.
Above, my Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)… bit the proverbial dust.
Hellebores (Helleborus orientalis) (above) may be short in the stem but they are coming along.
Above, Winter Daphne ( Daphne odora aureomarginata) unscathed & looking cheerful. Waiting for another few sunny days to unfurl and envelope the garden in its wonderful perfume.
And, as always, there is something cheerful waiting to brighten my day…
Early species crocus.
What damage if any, did your garden experience?