Mild Winter

21 Jan

Apologies to fellow gardeners struggling with harsh weather, but here’s my story so far this Winter. Here are some plants that would have been either killed outright or cut back to ground by now in the course of a normal Winter. The coldest it has been so far this Winter is -3C!


Casual observers will notice that the following images do not make pretty viewing. By my of explanation, my style of gardening does not give good results in the months when frost happens. So, deal with it people. It’ll make perfect sense in July.



Howea forsteriana next to the house. I left one out in the front garden a few feet away from the house. That one is toast, but this one in the picture, well, I reckon it’s alive.
Also next to the house is this container containing Colocasia esculenta and Solanum atropurpureum. Alive!

Musa basjoo is still green, in parts-

Zantedeschia aethiopica hasn’t been driven below ground either-

These two Echium pininana are still going. They haven’t even dropped many leaves. The taller of the two is now as tall as me (5’9″)

I was rooting out the dead Chlorophytum comosum ‘Vittatum’ (had to hold back to urge to use the common name there) earlier today when I noticed that these plantlets were ALIVE –

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Rex’ still has a leaf on it

Going round to the side of the house, which faces north, there’s this Lotus berthelotii which I dumped next to the drain –

In the back, and this is the one that really gets me, Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ with no protection whatsoever, aside from it facing south and being next to the garage, which is unheated. IT LIVES-

Agave neomexicana and A. parryi, Aloe striatula, Fascicularia bicolor all under the desert roof and none the worse for wear-




Blechnum chilense is usually looking a horrible shade of brown by now, not this year

Melianthus major is having a go at flowering, again-

Solanum laciniatum had “carked it” by this time last year. This time it is seven feet high and rising-

This selection of Phormium cookianum is as happy as it was in October-

Clianthus puniceus, a new experiment outdoors this Winter, is just fine-

Some parts of the country have experienced flooding. We’ve had pretty much nothing but unsettled wet weather coming off the Atlantic, which is crap if you don’t like rain but good if your plants don’t like frost.


4 Responses to “Mild Winter”

  1. Loree / danger garden January 21, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    I am jealous! Everything looks lovely.

    • thechthonianlife January 21, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

      Good to hear from you! There’s still time for things to turn awry, but it’s good that climate change is taking care of things in lieu of me doing actual gardening.

  2. Peter/Outlaw January 30, 2014 at 3:03 am #

    Your plants look glorious! Like Loree, I’m jealous. Many of our borderline plants are now mush.

    • thechthonianlife January 30, 2014 at 8:22 am #

      I reckon overall you win when it comes to the climate. But yes! My plants have been very lucky indeed, so far. Good to hear from you Peter.

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