Friday, January 10, 2014

And there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth

Our recent extended dip into freezing weather knocked a lot of my garden down. Some I expected, like my poor echiums.

Echium wildpretii and Echium candicans 'Star of Madeira' 

But I didn't even think to worry about my daphnes!


All of the leaves of Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' are burned.


Anybody have any experience with this kind of damage? Great Plant Picks states that it can lose its leaves to freeze and completely regenerate but it still worries me.

Not the black daphne I had in mind.

My Daphne odora 'Mae Jima' in the front garden fared a little better and it looks like I might get blooms for the first time this year.


I tend to be pretty cavalier about my garden; if something doesn't survive it's an opportunity to go plant shopping. But this . . . daphne is my very favorite! And the 'Aureomarginata' was one of the very first plants I placed in my garden. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the rest of my garden but I suspect some of the newer plants I installed this fall (like a passion fruit vine) are toast. I don't know how you gardeners in the lower zones do it. Winter, you are a cruel beast.

14 comments:

  1. That is a surprise indeed heather, wouldn't expect Daphne to ever burn from the cold but looks like it could then!

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  2. What a bummer about your Daphne, especially since you didn't really have any reason to expect it. I hope it does regenerate just fine, but it's going to look ugly while you're waiting.

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  3. Cruel indeed! I hope your Daphne lives to see another summer.

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  4. Ugh, that sucks so much :-( I bet the Daphnes will recover in time, though. I always try to remind myself that any plant can bite it at any time...the best we can do is give it the best possible chance...after that, it's up to chance. The best way to make a plant have a full recover is to buy its replacement ;-)

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  5. Ha! That's so true. Maybe if I go speak loudly near it and suggest replacements it'll bounce back.

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  6. Howdy Heather,

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  7. I was out at Cistus today and we looked at a coupe of toasted Daphne, they were quite confident all would be fine, eventually. I think the same will be true for you. As for the Echium, well...they had a few fine looking plants should you be shopping for a replacement...

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  8. Mae Jima has responded well for me to pruning after winter damage. I let it bloom then cut back leafless parts. Mine is fairly sheltered, being off a slate patio and protected from wind though has some recent damage as well. Down to 7 last week. Was kinda hoping it will damage my fig - a golden one that does not taste very good but buds still seem pink. I did throw some leaves on it's trunk.
    Do you want a package of echium wildpretti seeds I brought back from Spain? They are only just out of best by date. Don't have a place for it and don't think it will work here in zone 7 anyway. I assume you can see my email?

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  9. The Echium could co-star in a SciFi movie. Can't you just see it shuffling around, making huffing sounds?

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  10. I've had blackened foliage on Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' due to cold. It looks nasty but eventually the plant recovers. It might take a couple of years for it to look as lush again, though.

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  11. I feel your pain, Heather... My Daphne got burned too, and I'm pretty sure the Edgeworthia buds won't open this year (despite being covered up during the worst of it). My Echium looks like a smaller version of yours... And it's only early January...

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  12. Sorry about your Daphne's burn damage but it will regenerate with no problem. Daphnes have a rule that they only die once they've filled out beautifully and really grown into a space making their evergreen presence indispensable to the look of an area. At the height of their beauty and usually the day before you have an open garden or invite a bunch of bloggers over, the whole plant suddenly dies and leaves a gaping hole in your design scheme. It's what they do.

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  13. Clever Girl ReviewsFebruary 1, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    Much waling and gnashing of teeth! I thought I was the only one who said that!
    www.clevergirlreviews.com

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