Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Surviving 12 degrees…I think

I've been dreading this kind of freeze, the coldest since the big FREEZE in , what was it... 08 ,  But I  planted this Acacia pravissima in 2011 anyway  , never mind that I lost nearly every zone 8 and 9 plant . What did I know then , I'd only just moved to the Pacific Northwest. Now a fair bit wiser ,   I still can't resist these Southern hemisphere natives. So far, I can't be sure, could be because they have been in the ground for a few years for …I think I have survivors

This Echreveria has been living under the Acacia , seems Ok. I moved the others and decided to  risk this one  .  it's seems to be saying ….  HA on you leaving me all on my own.

Dyckia 'Red Devil'  supposedly zone 7 , looks like a bad highlighting job I planted in the driest place I could find , under the Cotinus with plenty of gravel and pebbles for drainage.

Now , this is the one I really want to survive. Eucalptus camphora . It's apparently rare and endangered   in it's native Tasmania … oh please survive !

The carexs …no problem here

The Pittosporum tenufolium 'purpureum' left half dead in the last freeze. It struggled back and now quite a  sentimental  favorite.

Another Pittoporum , which one , I don't now , I bought it without a tag …

Within it bubble wrap shelter, Leucosceptrum stellipilum 'october moon the top half looks fried , but I can see fat fleshy buds near the base. '

And then we have the grasses again, always beautiful, never a worry  !


  1. Those crazy Acacia pravissima! I just can't believe how good mine is still looking and glad to read that yours is too. Although I'm still expecting to see it take a turn at any time. So do you think the Pittosporum tenufolium 'purpureum' is going to make it? I've been thinking about taking the plunge on that one.

  2. Lori, So, difficult to tell , It's still FREEZING ."purpureum ' has been in the ground for quite a few years now, so I'm hoping it's toughed up and will survive. You are more sheltered than I am so, it wold be fine …I think !

  3. I hope that you have many survivors! Lovely pics of the icy snow!

  4. I'll keep my fingers crossed for that Euchy. The foliage is amazing. Great shots.