Spring plant pictures in zone 4.

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Spring plant pictures in zone 4.

Post by Paul Ont » Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:07 am

Hi all,
Some more pictures from the great white north. Zone 4b, near Kingston, Ontario.

Low this winter was -32Cish, -25Fish. Lots of days below -20C, hardest winter we've had since the 1990's, or perhaps the 2002 winter where we hit the same temp without snow cover...

Lots of losses, too many to list. Including 2 Southern Magnolias, my 5 year old willow leaf oak, and a few Rhodo's...

Here are some pictures:
Ilex pendunculosa, looked good until it came time to grow... Killed almost to the ground. Damn.
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Fargesia nitida took a beating. It's supposed to be zone 5 plant too!
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Rhododendron 'Holden's spring herald' (R. catawbiense x rex)
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Phyllostachys aureosulcata ssp. spectibilis is recovering well.
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Rhododendron 'Sandra Hinton' on the left, what a great plant! Hardy as they come and big leaves!
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Another showing the indumentum and tomentum:
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Petasites is SO invasive, but it gets huge leaves, they get to twice this size, I just need a more boggy spot for it!
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(There's a chair in behind in this one)
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Most of the cactus garden overview. It looks really good despite the winter (and all the losses)
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My first Echinocereus seedling! Hurray!
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A very compact form of Opuntia polyacantha, great plant. You can see the 'Orange glory' form in behind:
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More cactus (yawwwwwn, sorry!)
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Yucca gloriosa 'Tennessee Seed' once of a few plants I have left:
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Miscanthus is coming in nicely. What a great plant.
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Yucca filata F2 (Thanks Tim):
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Rhododendron maximum x calophytum:
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Ok, thanks for looking!



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Post by hardyjim » Sat Jun 21, 2014 12:50 pm

Nice pics Paul
Love the flowers too-looks like your Bamboo did better than mine
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Post by DesertZone » Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:17 pm

Looks Good, congrats on the E. seedling, that don't happen much here. 8)
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Post by canadianplant » Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:23 pm

Not to bad all said and done I guess eh?

My rufa is toast... is completely dead as far as I know.... But the alata came through strong!
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Post by Paul Ont » Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:56 am

I'm pretty dissappointed with the Ilex pendunculosa truth be told. The Yuccas are fantastic and so are the cacti.

Jesse, if I were you I'd see if I could find a Heptacodium, the thing doesn't seem to get damaged and is very tropical looking. Good on the alata, I think my rufa is fine, but it was buried in snow all winter (I have it planted in the woods, so I always forget to check it!)

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Post by andym » Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:47 pm

Paul... that's a huge garden you have ... most impressive. Your hybrid Rhododendrons look really healthy. Arid bed looks good also. :D
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Post by hasty22 » Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:42 pm

Good job. Looking good. I also like the miscanthus giganteus I presume from its size.

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Post by Paul Ont » Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:29 am

Thanks guys

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Post by canadianplant » Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:24 am

That heptacodium is interesting. The flowers look like jasmine. Dont think its available down here but Ill keep an eye open now!

A few weeks after my post on here and still nothing from the rufa. The alata has already leafed out, so I think its time to call it. RIP Rufa. I do however have a few seedlings of Phyllostachys heteroclada, the "Water bamboo" with the hollow cavities in the rhizomes. Another Phyllo that is said to take -25C tp -30C. There isnt much info out there though. Also have my new nitida.

You manage to get any of the Kalo seeds to sproud despite the mold?
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Post by cuja1 » Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:48 pm

Did you protect your yucca elatas and the gloriosa? My elata died this winter.
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Post by Paul Ont » Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:30 pm

No kalopanex germinated.

Some yucca were 'protected' by tying the leaves into points so that they could resist the weight of the harsh snow! No protection from low temps.

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Post by TimMAz6 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:53 pm

great update...............that Rhododendron maximum x calophytum is a beauty! I'm glad it took that cold winter with no issues.
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