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by DarkNight
Wed May 31, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: My bamboo plants, zone 6
Replies: 6
Views: 2200
Latvia

Re: My bamboo plants, zone 6

nice, looks good
by DarkNight
Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:21 am
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: BLE zone 5b/6a update in snow
Replies: 3
Views: 3800
Latvia

You're 100% right about being cautious. I plan to water them in mid with warm water in February regardless outside temps. Because soil will be frozen too deep to get some water to leaves on sunny days. The low temps is the test nr 1. Nr 2 is the length of the freezing temps. Nr 3 will be taking the ...
by DarkNight
Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:07 am
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Photos of 21 broadleaf evergreens for 5a/b garden
Replies: 26
Views: 9329
Latvia

Corrosion wrote:Hey, I believe that low hedge is ligustrum vulgare, pretty tough and robust plant to create thick hedges. Needs constant pruning to maintain its thickness and shape :)
Thx, indeed it must be ligustrum.
It is semi evergreen in Riga
by DarkNight
Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:26 am
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: BLE zone 5b/6a update in snow
Replies: 3
Views: 3800
Latvia

BLE zone 5b/6a update in snow

So far this winter in Riga temps were down as low as -23 Celsius (-9.4 F). For the last 3 weeks Riga hasn't seen a day with temperatures above freezing. Mostly it stays around -5 up to -10 during the day and drops to -10 or -15C during the night. A proper winter. First Eucalyptus gunnii. I planted 4...
by DarkNight
Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Anything Yucca
Topic: My yuccas 2015 (lots of pics!)
Replies: 24
Views: 12431
Latvia

For Montreal?
Amazing!!!
by DarkNight
Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:01 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: BLE in Zone 5b/6a up to 10 m high - green oasis amidst snow.
Replies: 6
Views: 3874
Latvia

I love evergreens. I'd like to landscape a whole yard with nothing but evergreens some day. Then I'd just add some herbaceous plants for color in the spring. I have become evergreen addict. I spend too much time and money on evergreen pants continuously for 2.5 years now. I even got a 25 x 25 plot ...
by DarkNight
Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: BLE in Zone 5b/6a up to 10 m high - green oasis amidst snow.
Replies: 6
Views: 3874
Latvia

No idea what that last one is, it's neat for sure. Cherry laurel won't survive in my zone, never had one make it more than 2 winters. In Niagara (6b/7a) they can grow to 1.5 meters but will take leaf damage quite often... Are there any hollies growing there? Thx for your questions. Regarding Cherry...
by DarkNight
Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:57 am
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: BLE in Zone 5b/6a up to 10 m high - green oasis amidst snow.
Replies: 6
Views: 3874
Latvia

DesertZone wrote:The blue green ground cover, second from the bottom looks like spurge. Maybe Euphorbia myrsinites. :|
nice, thx :)
by DarkNight
Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: BLE in Zone 5b/6a up to 10 m high - green oasis amidst snow.
Replies: 6
Views: 3874
Latvia

BLE in Zone 5b/6a up to 10 m high - green oasis amidst snow.

This is Latvian University Botanical Garden in Riga - Zone 5b/6a. It's important to note that Riga is officially listed in Zone 6a. However over the years I've woken up in the morning to -26 Celsius (=15 Fahrenheit) too many times. Also, winters are super long and dark, because Riga is much much fur...
by DarkNight
Sun Dec 13, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Photos of 21 broadleaf evergreens for 5a/b garden
Replies: 26
Views: 9329
Latvia

Cool! I'd say that the bamboo is probably dwarf whitestripe bamboo, Pleioblastus fortunei, which is a solid zone 5 type plant! Very cool to see a similar zone on a different continent. I know, that's why I'm closely following your posts. Kalmia Latifolia was one super hardy evergreen I never came a...
by DarkNight
Sat Dec 12, 2015 10:03 am
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Photos of 21 broadleaf evergreens for 5a/b garden
Replies: 26
Views: 9329
Latvia

About 500m from my apartment there is this evergreen. I have no idea what it is. But I want one, because it's been there for years. https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5689/23387932550_aa3f5e7858_b.jpg https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5724/23387932470_67a87d5bb5_b.jpg Then in Riga LU botanical garden we have...
by DarkNight
Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:13 am
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Photos of 21 broadleaf evergreens for 5a/b garden
Replies: 26
Views: 9329
Latvia

Have any of you tried Aucuba japonica borealis? I always thought it was worth a try in zone 5, but haven't seen it tried! There are plenty of evergreen Baltic Ivy - Hedera Helix var Baltica climbing up to 6-7m high in Riga in even further East. Riga is interesting because isotherm -5 is crossing Ri...
by DarkNight
Sun Dec 06, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Some plants
Replies: 13
Views: 4551
Latvia

Very nice
by DarkNight
Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:42 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Photos of 21 broadleaf evergreens for 5a/b garden
Replies: 26
Views: 9329
Latvia

igor.glukhovtsev wrote:Please find a few pictures of the BLE I have being growing for a while in my garden.

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Wow. Fatsia as well?
How do you protect the larger ones?
Plastic? Mulch? Roots only? Or the whole plant?
Have you thought about Edith Bogue Magnolia?
by DarkNight
Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:09 am
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Musings on new Plants to try...
Replies: 28
Views: 11896
Latvia

Lastly, I am also looking in to winter-flowering plants. It can be pretty boring in the garden up here in the winter, and one of the goals of exotic gardening should be to have garden interest 12 months of the year. The BLEs help, as do the plants with exfoliating bark, however, having plants capab...
by DarkNight
Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Photos of 21 broadleaf evergreens for 5a/b garden
Replies: 26
Views: 9329
Latvia

Very impressive indeed. Do you cover it with something or just mulch it? A little bit of a wheat straw and some polyethylene above the straw. A snow makes an insulation completed :lol: OK, thank's for a tip. I'm a relative beginner. Started 3 years ago. The first year it was the safe bet - Baltic I...
by DarkNight
Wed Dec 02, 2015 12:12 am
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Photos of 21 broadleaf evergreens for 5a/b garden
Replies: 26
Views: 9329
Latvia

What kind of protection that would be form Aucuba? Heavy mulching? Or full cover? Did you loose it because of sun burns (frozen soil+sun), drying wind or just frost? I have the aucuba which has been growing for 25 years at my place. It is a successfully growing plant which gets a very light protect...
by DarkNight
Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:05 am
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Photos of 21 broadleaf evergreens for 5a/b garden
Replies: 26
Views: 9329
Latvia

TerdalFarm wrote:They look great!
At my Oregon place, all easy. In Oklahoma, most of those do fine. I have lost Aucuba before when not protected.
What kind of protection that would be form Aucuba?
Heavy mulching?
Or full cover?
Did you loose it because of sun burns (frozen soil+sun), drying wind or just frost?
by DarkNight
Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:07 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Finnish palms :)
Replies: 37
Views: 22638
Latvia

Auracaria still alive?
by DarkNight
Mon Nov 30, 2015 2:36 am
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Photos of 21 broadleaf evergreens for 5a/b garden
Replies: 26
Views: 9329
Latvia

Cool! What's about Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress'? How many winters outside? First winter. I hesitated buying it. It had autumn sales price at EUR 1.50. I don't expect it to take our winters. And I have no intentions to provide any other protection than mulch and a shade from a spring sun. The...
by DarkNight
Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:45 am
Forum: Anything Yucca
Topic: My best yucca rostrata
Replies: 85
Views: 46792
Latvia

Nice.
Your winters are harsh. Any other exotic winter green species you've got?
by DarkNight
Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: New addition.....Citrumelo (hardy grapefruit) arrived today!
Replies: 60
Views: 32003
Latvia

Any updates on Citrumelo?
by DarkNight
Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: elephant's ear at zone 5 (close to zone 4)
Replies: 2
Views: 1970
Latvia

Paul Ont wrote:Cold Finland is very similar to my climate (Zone 4), but I imagine that you lack summer heat?
Southern Finland is similar to Riga.
Cold winters and cool summers with t really rarely over 30C.
by DarkNight
Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:08 am
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Photos of 21 broadleaf evergreens for 5a/b garden
Replies: 26
Views: 9329
Latvia

This will be the first year for Acuba Japonica. I read good reviews/reports about its hardiness and ordered three from Netherlands. Cherry laurel Otto Luyken - it's a proven success. Mostly around 1m high in Riga (Latvia) and around 50 cm high in my garden (3 years old). I've seen one higher specime...
by DarkNight
Fri Nov 27, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Photos of 21 broadleaf evergreens for 5a/b garden
Replies: 26
Views: 9329
Latvia

Photos of 21 broadleaf evergreens for 5a/b garden

Hi, in total I have a little over 20 broadleaf species going into winter totally green. We had around a week when temps barely stayed above freezing during the day. Some of the species will have second or third winter. Some will be having their first year in Riga and Zone 5 winter. Fingers crossed. ...
by DarkNight
Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:05 am
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Zone 5 Hardy Bamboo
Replies: 11
Views: 6775
Latvia

thx, guys, I'll try to order some seeds online, there is limited supply of bamboo varieties around here.
by DarkNight
Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:29 am
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Zone 5 Hardy Bamboo
Replies: 11
Views: 6775
Latvia

wxman wrote:I planted P. nuda last summer. Gave it no mulch this winter or any other protection. It came back just fine here in zone 5b :). Winter low was -16F.
Hi, thx, I looked up on e-bay, can't find any international deliveries :(
Would love to try it.
by DarkNight
Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:06 am
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Another very cold hardy evergreen - please help ID
Replies: 1
Views: 1713
Latvia

I've found out in Dave's Garden:
Viburnum davidii
It is says Zone 8a :D, I'm in 5b, sometimes 5a or can be down to 4b very rarely.
Still, this Vibrunum is doing just fine here.
It's a zone pusher.
by DarkNight
Mon Jun 01, 2015 7:45 am
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Zone 5 Hardy Bamboo
Replies: 11
Views: 6775
Latvia

Paul Ont wrote:First time I tred P. bissetti it died completely after -24C... Stupid thing was supposed to be among the hardiest of the Phyllostachys.

How old is this thread anyway? I should do an update on growing bamboo in zone 4/5!
Please do update on growing bamboo in Zone 5
by DarkNight
Mon Jun 01, 2015 7:39 am
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Zone 4 winter is over!
Replies: 16
Views: 6815
Latvia

What's going on in your garden now? Can you post some pics?
by DarkNight
Mon Jun 01, 2015 5:42 am
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: cherry laurel "otto luyken"
Replies: 1
Views: 1604
Latvia

Re: cherry laurel "otto luyken"

Anyone had any experience with this plant? I put it next to my house on a side that is protected from the north and west winds. The problem I found out is that it likes semi-arid conditions. I dug it up yesterday and it was sitting in soupy mud. So I did what I do with my cacti which is mix about 6...
by DarkNight
Sun May 31, 2015 11:46 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Mislabeled very cold hardy plant, help identify
Replies: 3
Views: 2296
Latvia

True it's Viburnum, thx guys
by DarkNight
Sun May 31, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Another very cold hardy evergreen - please help ID
Replies: 1
Views: 1713
Latvia

Another very cold hardy evergreen - please help ID

This about 50cm high and never gets any burns in Riga, even after several days bellow -5F https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-R2qACDFXiQc/VWv6kpZ_b4I/AAAAAAAAF0A/3fdOWRk8-Os/w665-h886-no/2015%2B-%2B1 https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-8CCTF_rATcE/VWv6kq9hh2I/AAAAAAAAF0I/yfu5vbXD2m0/w665-h886-no/2015%...
by DarkNight
Sun May 31, 2015 1:03 am
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: I'm new. N Europe (Riga) Zone ~5b, 3rd year experimenting
Replies: 11
Views: 4116
Latvia

Thx, guys, I'll follow your advice and see what happens.
by DarkNight
Sat May 30, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Mislabeled very cold hardy plant, help identify
Replies: 3
Views: 2296
Latvia

Mislabeled very cold hardy plant, help identify

I've made a picture of this in London, however, I've seen only one shrub in Riga. It's fully hardy for more than 6 years. We had winters down to -15 some years ago. Little to no damage. https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-GN1cKumHiaU/VWolAmfn9iI/AAAAAAAAAjY/3tDRvseE9Qo/w583-h777-no/IMG_20150510_15123...
by DarkNight
Sat May 30, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: I'm new. N Europe (Riga) Zone ~5b, 3rd year experimenting
Replies: 11
Views: 4116
Latvia

chadec wrote:I am in North Carolina, US. I am rated zone 7b, but the last 2 yrs we have had temps at 0 or below.
Ok, thx, I may have a chance with wisteria then :)
by DarkNight
Fri May 29, 2015 11:56 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: I'm new. N Europe (Riga) Zone ~5b, 3rd year experimenting
Replies: 11
Views: 4116
Latvia

Nice, where are you from? What hardiness zone? Here is a photo of wisteria I took a Biltmore Estate. <a href="http://s1209.photobucket.com/user/chadec7a/media/2012-04-08144625.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc390/chadec7a/2012-04-08144625.jpg" border="0" alt=...
by DarkNight
Fri May 29, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: I'm new. N Europe (Riga) Zone ~5b, 3rd year experimenting
Replies: 11
Views: 4116
Latvia

Wheather your agave is americana or salimaina I can't tell from the photo, but either way it will not hardy beyond 20 degrees F. Good luck with your garden. Don't give up because something dies. I can't name how many plants I have killed before I actually suceeded. In 3 years I've killed so far one...
by DarkNight
Fri May 29, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: I'm new. N Europe (Riga) Zone ~5b, 3rd year experimenting
Replies: 11
Views: 4116
Latvia

hardyjim wrote:Looks great-welcome to PalmsNorth.

I think your Agave is A.Americana var 'Marginata'
Thank you.
Ok, so, it's not worth trying to leave it outside.
Nevermind 20$ wasted :|
by DarkNight
Fri May 29, 2015 7:53 am
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: I'm new. N Europe (Riga) Zone ~5b, 3rd year experimenting
Replies: 11
Views: 4116
Latvia

I'm new. N Europe (Riga) Zone ~5b, 3rd year experimenting

Hi, guys. I love cold hardy broad leaf evergreens and other exotic plants. I'm trying to make a nice collection in my allotment for a third year. This is what I bought yesterday - some sort of Agave (no label), Leucothoe, Pachysandra and Ceanothus americanus - concha https://lh3.googleusercontent.co...