Wednesday, January 13, 2010


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.


  1. Thanks for the link love, Kathleen. In my former garden I had agapanthus, and the variety I had (a deep blue) regularly turned limp after freezes. But it would come back in spring. Hope yours does too.

  2. I've heard its been unusually cold in Texas this year - at least the frost doesn't kill them, just stuns them a bit a guess!

  3. The deer LOVED my agapanthus and ate it to the ground. I never found out if it was cold hardy (or not!). Grrrrrr.

    I'm hopeful yours is only discouraged for the time being and will pop back up when our temperatures climb again. Thanks for the nod to Pam, I'm heading there right now to see what encouragement can be found!

  4. My yard looks so pathetic. This has been a hard winter for my plants. But there will be rebirth.

  5. As you recall from the blog photos of my Michigan garden in winter, we're up to our ears in snow here! The only things peeking out of the ground are our garden statues... So I am always amazed that plants anywhere would be remotely green! That said, I worry deeply about our crops and gardens in the south, such as yours. What a winter we've all had!

    Thanks so much, too, for the tip on your friend's "Digging" site. Great stuff!

  6. Hi there! As Pam said I really don't think you need to worry about your agapanthus. All of mine regularly look like yours after our winter months and yet the new foliage shows up in the spring and all is forgotten. Good luck!


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