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Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Ones Toughing It Out

The recent snow and cold snap took a few more plants from the containers on the patio.  Mostly, the sweet potato vine, purple hyacinth bean and Jacob's coat plants.  I think the purple fountain grass also died in the cold, but the plumes still look nice so I left them for now.  I was most surprised that the ice plant is still looking good.  That's what is still in the trash cans.  I also have some blooming petunias.


The gooseneck loosestrife I planted in a container this spring is tucked in by the house where I hope it will overwinter well.  What looks like a dryer vent above the container is actually an air intake for a fireplace we do not use in the family room.  The fire place was added at some time in the house's life and is terribly inefficient.  It will be removed in a (hopefully soon) remodel of the family room.  By soon, I'm looking at two or three years.  The plant should be a little warmer there in general, and I gave it some extra mulch and can keep an eye on it easily.


17 comments:

  1. Hi there,
    We are having our first cold snap tonight. I think it's a bit early for it and hope it's not a sign of things to come. The Ice plant is interesting. Cold temps won't affect it unless the temps stay low for a really long time below a certain temp. Hope you had a good weekend.

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  2. We have not yet had a real killing frost -- petunias, begonias as well as pansies are blooming their hearts out (as are the saffron crocus!)

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  3. That sounds like a good idea, putting the plant where warm air is leaching out. I never thought of that. You'll have to let us know if it make it. :) Good luck!

    ~Lynn

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  4. Many of our plants are gone but the gardenia bush just keeps on blooming!

    Hope you have a very nice week.

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  5. We had one mild frost, and then the temperatures went back up. My lettuce is still growing!!!

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  6. You still have lots of things...my goodness. Though our weather has warmed up considerably, the nights are in the low 20's--all I have is the greenery of some perennials.
    Even my tough as nails mums gave up the ghost.........

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  7. Is that ice plant trailing out of those trash cans?

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  8. I'm sure it is nice to still have survivors as winter moves in. Enjoy your changing season and have a wonderful week ~ FlowerLady

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  9. We haven't had a killing frost yet but it has been close. Did you get to save any seeds from your hyacinth bean vine?

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  10. My purple ice plant is still loaded as well!! And very cheery looking. I still see some green in my fountain grasses. .and would love to dig them up and overwinter. .but I find myself really liking the interest they are giving to the landscape with the foliage and plumes. Are you looking for some snow today? We're just hoping for a nice slow rain. .with accumulation!! Enjoy it, whatever you get!

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  11. We haven't had anything too cold yet, but I'm determined to try and protect them once again. Glad to see you have yours sheltered.

    XO,

    Sheila

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  12. Yes, I have a couple of things that have survived frost but most everything else is now in. I like gooseneck loosestrife.I have seen it at another garden but still don't have any. I am sure you have it in a pot to keep if from spreading all over your garden.

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  13. The powers that be keep saying that we are about to enter a 'Big Freeze', but all we are getting is rain, rain and more rain. Bring on the snow, that's what I say!

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  14. Those plants sure look cold all snuggled together like that :)

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  15. I had to smile, I got a crew toughing it out as well. One did not fare as well though.

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  16. Mild frosts in my SW Ohio garden. Lots of surprises this early Nov. Climatis, perennial salvia, and a few Stella d'Oro daylilys. I'm attempting to over winter quite a few plants this year doe to a renovation of two sections of the garden. Grouping the pots and extra mulch sound like a good idea.

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  17. I see your gooseneck loosestrife is still green. Mine turned colors. I didn't think to put it in a protected spot. Maybe we still could. It is on the south side of the house, though.

    I am hoping both of our plants make it. I sure enjoyed having it in the garden in a tub like yours, where it can't take over.

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