Re: How did everyone make out with the freaky cold and (for some of us) snow?
It's been a spiteful March .. I uncovered my sabal minors and trachy in late February when temps got close to 70 degrees, thinking I was out of the woods. Then March hit. Temps have gone down to the low teens only, so technically the foliage should be okay, right? However, I am seeing some browning on the sabal minor foliage (the sabals are on an exposed site).
In respect to my other evergreens, they are handling the cold quite well. They are not doing very well with deer though. Only the shrubs that have been caged are okay. I have a creeping Podocarpus 'blue gem'! It has done well with winter, but deer have also devoured it. The damage is so obvious, but I will plant rosemary all around it to give it a chance to recover in the spring (they have not browsed rosemary yet).
Here are some of the things that have done well here for me (ignoring deer damage):
Podocarpus 'blue gem'
Illicium parviflorum (deer damage, from browse and rubbing)
Cornus angustata (not very evergreen for me)
Myrica heterophylla (an evergreen bayberry)
Sabal minor 'McCurtain' (probably foliage damage)
Trachycarpus 'nainital' (damage to show later I'm sure)
Opuntia lindhemeri (broke under snow, but will recover)
Magnolia 'edith bogue' (it's flawless!!!)
Camellia 'long island pink'
All aucubas (deer have completely stripped them though)
Inside, in pots, I have seedlings ready to plant out (with deer protection) next spring:
Persea palustris (seeds from virginia population)
Lithocarpus henryi (seeds from a guy in oregon, from the big board)
Sophora davidii (the shrubs are hardy but look like mini-acacias)
Lonicera crassifolia (evergreen groundcover)