For this posting, I'll examine the plants which were left outside but received some form of protection. (Will examine those left to fend for themselves on a subsequent posting.)
The Foxtail Fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Meyersii') showed some minor damage, but actually came through in good shape (especially for a recently potted plant).
The two Sago Palms came through beautifully. Of course, not only did they receive a cover, but a spotlight was placed underneath each one to give some additional warmth. The light bulb trick made a huge difference.
The Dyckias are all looking a little sad - a combination of cold and cover weight. Some of the spiky leaves seem a little more pliable than normal. Will have to wait to see how well they recover, but I'm at least hopeful.
|Dyckia 'Cherry Coke'|
|Red-leafed Dyckia (Dyckia 'Red Devil')|
|Pineapple Dyckia (Dyckia brevifolia)|
|Bronze Dyckia (Dyckia fosteriana 'Bronze')|
The Soap Aloes (Aloe saponaria) got hammered. For that length of cold, covers made no difference. They likely would have benefited from the addition of a light source for warmth, but that would be difficult as they are widely scattered around the yard.
But at least some of the pups appear to be firm and strong, so there is a chance some will survive and grow from these.
The Aloe 'Hedgehog' (Aloe humilis 'Hedgehog') also got hit hard. Though it appears that some portions of the plant will likely survive, it will be significantly reduced. In the future, my succulent bed may get its own spotlight.
In the covered succulent bed along with some of the Aloes and Dyckias, this Manfreda looks rather sad. Species unknown, it has seemed less hardy as the 'Macho Mocha' - but the seller at the Austin Cactus & Succulent show said it would likely die back to the ground, but would return.
The Pittosporum Creme De Mint (Pittosporum tobira 'Shima') will, in the future, likely not even get covered. It only received special treatment this winter since it was a recent transplant. Though somehwat flattened, it appears to be in a good shape.
Much like the Pittosprum, the Sparkler Sedge (Carex phyllocephala 'Sparkler') primarily got protection due to their recent planting. All of them came through with little or no damage.
The following seemed to have survived with varying degrees of damage:
- Anthony Waterer Spirea (Spiraea x bumalda 'Anthony Waterer')
- Amaryllis 'San Antonio Rose' (Hippeastrum 'San Antonio Rose')
- Bella Red Abutilon (Abutilon x hybridum 'Bella Red')
- Wood Betony (Stachys officinalis)
- Friendship Plants (Billbergia nutans) (though hard to tell)
The vast majority of my plants are typically left to fend for themselves. In the near future, I will try to post a listing of those that show damage and those that looked bad but recovered.