Yeesh! Well, here's one plant that didn't take the "arctic vortex" cold snap too well. I hope that there's still life down inside that frozen exterior. Guess I'll find out in the Spring.
... growing and hybridizing all kinds of plants in zone 6b Maryland since the 1980's.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Yesterday, had to pull over and take pictures of the really cool rainbow. Wish my phone took better pictures - it was a full rainbow with a faint double.
Here's this morning's pretty picture - frosty foggy 26 degrees with the roads all coated in a film of tricky ice.
Posted by Tom at 5:27 AM
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Since it's in the 40's F today, I took a few minutes to survey the winter foliage character of various bearded irises. Typically the foliage has died back leaving very short leaves in the center of each fan. This first picture shows some of these. I'd removed most of the dead leaves from them a couple of months back when doing some Fall clean-up. But you can see how little green is showing.
Posted by Tom at 8:51 AM
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
I pulled the temperature data for the last two days and this morning. We bottomed out at -2 degrees F yesterday morning and hovered in the single digits for a long time. With no snow cover, this should be a good test of cold-hardiness for a lot of stuff around here, like these Viola arvensis X pansy seedlings. I'll try to get some after-freeze pictures in a couple of days (and of course whenever they bloom later in the Spring).
Posted by Tom at 8:28 AM