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Frost and Spring

Five for Friday March 18, 2022.

The cold snap did some damage.  The plants that were gloriously blooming are damaged.  Those that were destined to be later, are beginnng to emerge with the rain and warmer temps as Spring approaches.  As always, Mother Nature has ways of recovering.  I am sure that the azaleas will still be beautiful in Augusta for the Masters.

Today, I have some photos of the damage in my yard and some of the beauties in my yard and from the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.


First, here is the damage.  The pink azalea and the paperbush took a hit.  They were really beautiful for several days.  Better days are coming and there is always next year.



Second, here is the Johnny-jump-up violas.  They were protected enough that they continue to dazzle.  Just another reason to keep planting them each fall.



Third, here are some newly planted Oak Leaf Hydrangeas.  Hydrangea quercifolia.  It is a native here in the Southeast USA.  It is a great woodland shrub.  The left picture shows the new growth of the spring while the picture on the left shows the coloration of the fall.

The blooms are in the form of a large pannicle with numerous white blossoms.  Very striking.


Fourth is Alabama croton.  It is a marvelous shrub.  Now, the small but bright yellow blooms are quite striking.  You can also see the small leaves which have a silver color on the reverse side.  When the wind blows, they shimmer.  The leaves become a bronze orange color in the fall.  All this makes this small shrub nothing but a winner.



Fifth is a Carolina spring beauty.  This is a Spring ephemeral which can be found on small woodland meadows.  You have to look closely for it but it is worth the effort.



Sixth, as a bonus, I found this little gem near the edge of the yard which borders on a woodland.  This is partridge berry or Mitchella repens.  Linnaeus named it after his physician friend John Mitchell who used it to treat yellow fever.

I am unsure of its value for the fever but once its established it is a hardy perennial which the deer seem to love.

Here’s to the return of Spring and here in the US the Senate has passed a bill to make Daylight Savings Time permanent.  I like that since it seems harder to adjust to time change with each passing year.

Don’t forget about the propagator.

Happy gardening.