Definitely not winter yet ...

shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)November 16, 2005

Forecasts of a dire freeze tonight prompted me to catch some of the last summer flowers.

The new rockery is developing nicely even if some of the plants are still summer bedding space fillers.

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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

The Fuschias usually flower well past the first frost.

Here's some in a different part of the garden.

No, its not a late Himalayan Lily, but Nicotiana sylvestris.

These Pelargoniums against a warm wall also flower past the first frosts. The red ones aren't quite so hardy.

This is a Marigold I grew from seed. It isn't the same hybrid as the rest of them but has proved to be very large and hardy.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2005 at 11:40AM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

Good thing you caught 'em before the frost did! A nice walk around your garden! Will frost turn foliage black for you?

~Rosemarie

    Bookmark   November 16, 2005 at 3:39PM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

We don't usually get a series of freezes early in the season combined with dry weather here, so no, things don't tend to go black. They tend to just go mushy and collapse! Might be different this year though, my five-day forecast is showing temps below freezing every night and no significant rain.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2005 at 6:35PM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

Is this the sort of thing?

    Bookmark   November 17, 2005 at 8:49AM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

Yes, that's Its Ugliness! I've only had it happen twice & it only affected 2 types of plants. The ones sheltered near house or fence were okay, but any out in the open looked like those above. Are they yours?

~R

    Bookmark   November 17, 2005 at 9:08AM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

Yes, this is my collection of puny Cannas. My soil is far too lean for them to do well, nor is it hot enough or sunny enough. I'll probably dig them up next year and put in something better suited.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2005 at 9:31AM
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SherCA(z9)

Any frost damage I have experienced in the past looked the same as yours. However, it was at another location. We are only about 12 miles away now. I am waiting to see what my "new" yard will look like after the first frost. There are many plants that I have never had before, so this is my learning year.
Sherrie

    Bookmark   November 17, 2005 at 9:26PM
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geoffhandley(Shropshire, UK)

Sbrubs - whats it look like now. Last night froze up all the washer bottles in the cars and pavements were white with frost and we are not that far away.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2005 at 8:56AM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

This is what the Cannas look like today :)

    Bookmark   November 20, 2005 at 10:35AM
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Nushka_IA(4b IA)

Oh, how I long for the days (in California) when I'd fret because the baby's tears and the helichrysum got a little blackened! Last Wednesday night our low (in Iowa) was 3 degrees (F).

Shrubs n Bulbs: What's the tidy mound of what looks like rosettes in the center of your first shot? A sempervivum?

    Bookmark   November 21, 2005 at 1:54PM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

Blackened Baby's Tears? I wish! I'm starting to think I have some form of turbo-charged Baby's Tears, it has never shown any kind of stress in all the years that it has tried to take over my paths and lawn. I just checked and after a string of nights around 25F it looks good enough for the show table :(

The rosette plant is Saxifraga 'Knapton Pink'. Nice display in spring. There are about half a dozen different Saxifrages in this bed, but they all seem to have avoided the camera :(

    Bookmark   November 21, 2005 at 2:46PM
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