The snow is finally all gone, and we had some excellent weather, 22C and 25C, with sun this weekend. Things are really starting to move now! Winter was zone 4 (-30C), didn't start until February, and we hit well below -20C a few times in March (which is harder on plants than the same or similar temps in January or February...)
Echinocereus slowly waking:
Pediocactus simpsonii ready to bloom!
Seed grown Yucca "elata" (probably some hybrid or a glauca stricta):
Lots of damage on the Yucca in the rest of the cactus garden:
S. rusifolia. Dead dead dead:
Rhapidophyllum hystrix. Really damaged:
Ilex opaca. Last one of a huge number of plants that I tried:
New Rhodo seedlings ready to go into the "test-bed"
Yucca thompsoniana x filata. Damaged, but will live on, for now:
Now for the "boring" Rhodos. The best genus for cold hardy BLEs, especially in zone 5 and colder. Innumerable possibilities with the diversity
Rhodo maximum x calophytum. I expect this one will be rock solid when established. With 1' + evergreen leaves. Not bad for a zone 5 hardy BLE:
Still, it's hard to beat a plant that can go through a true zone 4 winter (-30C) and look like this Dave Hinton hybrid, R. BVT x (smirnowii x yak):
R. macrophyllum (a west coast native), dead dead dead:
R. degronianum x roxianum
Prunus laureo, damaged but should come back