Saturday, May 28, 2011

Casualties: Winter of 2010

Since some of my plants tend to push the climatic zone limits, I will always have a few winter casualties.  In terms of lengthy cold spells, the winter of 2010 was one of the more extreme I've experienced in central Texas.  With over 60 hours of continuous temperatures in the teens, many plants got hammered back to the ground and several were not able to make it back in the spring.

Bronze Dyckia
Serious damage:
  • Dyckias: Dyckia brevifolia 'Moon Glow' & Red-leafed Dyckia (Dyckia 'Red Devil') certainly received some cold burns (of all the Dyckias, the Dyckia 'Cherry Coke' came out the best - receiving only minor damage)
  • Manfreda 'Macho Mocha' (Manfreda x Mangave 'Macho Mocha'): all four plants got severely set back; plants that were over two foot across are now recovering from sprouts
  • Soap Aloe (Aloe maculata): All but one of my large specimens got reduced to sprouts; and the one remaining large plant lost almost all its larger lower leaves.
  • One Pale Pavonia (Pavonia hastata) got knocked back to roots and is recovering very slowly; another planted just fifteen foot away came through with almost no damage - go figure.
Marilyn's Choice Abutilon


Dyckia platyphylla

Salvia van houttei
 Planted in the Ground:


  1. Sorry to hear of your losses. It's tough to have a hard winter followed by a drought. I guess it's going to be survival of the fittest time for most gardens.
    Hang in there.
    David/ Tropical Texana/ Houston

  2. Yes Ronny, the last winter was really one of a kind for our region. I'm sorry to hear about all the losses your garden had to suffer. Thank God we could save most of our plants since we have most plants in containers. Our garage has looked like a greenhouse several times for several days and this although down here in Houston the temperatures are not even as low as in the Austin area.
    Now we are facing a unusual heat and drought.
    Wondering what will be the next. We just hope and pray there will be no other major hurricane come into our area again. But as warm as the water in the gulf already is....Oh My!
    Take care and like David already said, Hang in there.
    Paula Jo

  3. David: Seems like I'm always choosing which plants to kill: I can pick ones that die in sudden lengthy cold snaps, or ones that die in lengthy hot droughts.

    PJ: Certainly hope no damaging storms arrive in your area, but some rain-laden tropical depressions that push their way up into central Texas would be nice!