I have a tendency to experiment quite a bit in my garden, pushing the boundaries of hardiness and/or growing a plant just so I can get a better sense of how it will behave in my garden. Because I often push the hardiness boundary, I often make some special efforts in terms of protecting some of my favorites.
I garden a lot in containers so that allows me to move those
plants to cover relatively easily. For instance earlier this week I took quite a few plants to my greenhouse at the nursery.
Even though it is
unheated, I hope that it will offer some protection and limit the
foliar damage that some of my evergreen plants would sustain if left to their
own defenses outside. I’ve got a small utility room (no garage) attached to my
studio and I’ve got that jammed full of plants as well. As I was prepping for the cold, I
kept finding plants that I thought would benefit from some extra protection and
at the last minute I even stuffed plants into the back of my pickup truck under
the canopy. Yet in spite of these efforts, I will likely suffer some losses
For instance, one plant that I’m particularly curious (OK, I guess I mean anxious) about at this moment is my Euphorbia stygiana. This striking evergreen euphorbia has lent an exotic, almost tropical flair to my garden for about 3 years. In this short time it has grown to mammoth proportions; an anchor in my garden and easily one of my most asked about plants. It‘s way too large and awkward to cover with a frost cloth or sheet. To be honest, this fall I even had my eye on it as a candidate for some pretty major pruning this spring because it was getting a bit big for the space. I hope I’ll still have reason to do that this spring. Or perhaps Mother Nature will have done my pruning for me. I can imagine it being killed to the ground or at least taking a fair amount of damage, but I'm betting it would come back from the root. Only one thing for sure … it’ll take some time before the fate of my Euphorbia stygiana is clear. As Kym Pokorny advised earlier today …we’ll need to be patient for now.