|Oxalis melanosticta w/ O. pocockiae nearby|
|Asparagus sp from Plant Delights|
We will experience some harsh cold next week, but before it arrives we expect a "historic" blizzard commencing tonight. School is already closed and some light snowfall is occurring right now well before the big event. Leaves and straw cover many of the zone pushing plants along the sunny front walls of the house from before the last dip to low single digits F, so with the added snow insulation that we have largely lacked till recently I expect many species will come through. Among other zone testing plants out in the gardens this winter is one big Erythrina zeyheri, Erythrina x bidwellii, another SA Asparagus spp, two of the so called Drakensberg gerbera hybrids, Tulbagia violacea, 2 different Hedychium spp and the hybrid that made it through last winter, Acanthus sennii, Amorphophallus sp (probably konjac), and no doubt some others that are escaping my mind at the moment. In one of the back gardens Euryops evansii is taking a bit of a beating, it is alive but I hope it regenerates well in spring, it is not protected as it does grow at very high elevations in the Drakensberg. Most evergreen kniphofias look good as we go into the blizzard with minimal if any dieback, the snow should prevent further dieback since by the time it melts it will probably be mid February at least and we should be past the single digit night lows. Or at least I hope so.