Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Digging




I don't know about you, but my garden looks a little sad after the hard freezes last week. 

Most of the plants will come back but I found some unexpected damage, including the Blue Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus, var. unknown).  I didn't cover it. We ran out of sheets and I knew it was good down to 10F degrees on a night forecast for 20F.  Who knows?  Maybe the temp dropped below 10F or wind-chill was lower or maybe my Agapanthus is not cold-hardy that low.  Now most fronds are laying down and I can see mush. 


The agapanthus is one of my winter favorites because it's evergreen and deer-resistant. 

I love it in early summer too, when it pops up long stems of tubular blue flowers that draw in the hummingbirds. 

Can you see the female black-chin hummingbird hovering amidst the flowers?

My blog-friend Pam, who writes the great garden blog, Digging, posted a helpful what-do-we-do-now page for nurturing freeze-damaged plants.  Click on over and take a look, it's good advice and may help you save some of your plants.
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