You all are so kind to this old gal, 68. I had a flu relapse so spent another day in bed doing nothing. My computer went on the blink, which was beyond unfair on my B-day. DH fixed it by noon and then he made me a beautiful souffle for dinner. So at least that was a fine treat.
That Hippeastrum is a fav as is that Narcissus. And you all know that I love lilies. I covet that poppy, which is a plant that I sadly always manage on killing. My winter berries have mostly been eaten already. They have had a rough go with the deer, but the Hamamelis that all got moved to behind the deer fencing are doing very nicely, except one which one of our dear dogs chewed on. It is very short now and I was rather short of temper when I discovered her enjoying breaking off all it's branches. She did proudly show them to me.
Thanks again for the well wishes, I just need some wellness now. Patti
Thanks all, I got a belated gift today. Our first snow drops are out. I was so excited with my DH's news that I got out of the sick bed and went out in my PJ's to see them. I may even get dressed and take a walk about to see what else is stirring. Patti
I just went outside and did a quick look at some of ours. Fat buds on many and Diane is showing a touch of red. I will need to do a better check with my list in hand. I know two gotten eaten to the ground before I move them, but they are throwing up new growth, however it will be a few years if they make it back before we see any winter color from them. A couple we have are fall bloomers so they are done. Patti
I don't love seeing the dead leaves on the Hamamelis, and yes, Victor, they are kind of like annoying in-laws. I went out and picked most of the lingering leaves off of Hamamelis x intermedia Sunburst so they won't be there when it opens soon, though I see it opened in mid March last year. It seems to be the one with the most marcescent foliage on the ones we have. Patti
Robindog, I keep thinking about planting a hardy camellia on Nantucket as I have seen a couple in sheltered spots in town that are stunning. I keep thinking of where it might make and not still sure. Maybe I will follow your lead and take a chance this spring on one. Patti
Yayy! the camellias are beginning to take root. I do tend to think the hardy camellias that bloom around now might be among the riskier ones because the buds can perish in a deep freeze, but I have two of those types of seedlings anyway.
I've been picking the dead foliage off my witch hazels too, but its possible because they are still young. They are still short enough that something ( a pony sized dog?) in my yard is nibbling the blossoms or else brushing them off. Still, VV's examples are terrific!
The camellia I ordered is hardy to zone 6...it also begins blooming in Sept. That's why I chose that variety...that said, the catalog said it must be protected from the winter sun, and I'm not sure where that would be in my yard...
I think the biggest worry in winter for a camellia is if the early morning sun hits it and makes the stems burst because of the sudden temperature change. I have also read that the plants become more tolerant of temperature changes once they are at least three years old.