Posted by randy/ga on April 16, 2014, 10:11 am, in reply to "Yucca update"
tim, well here it is almost late april and there was quite a bit of frost on the grass this morning. seems winter just does not want to let go this year! this has been quite a discouraging year here....last summer so incredibly wet you could not keep ahead of the grass/weeds due to almost daily heavy rains. then the record cold starting in early january. on a monday morning the rain came to an end, wind began out of n.w. and temp started to spiral down. left work early that afternoon at 4pm so i could get in a run before dark. when i got to my car in the parking lot in full sun the thermometer read 19F. could not believe it was that cold during the day in sun. we dropped to close to zero that night. next day went for a hike around mid-day, ice was forming on the inside of my glass of tea that i carried with me....extremely unusual for here. did not really go back above freezing until thursday or friday. my yuccas came through pretty well, had to tie up one of the alolfolias.some of the others look a bit ragged but really not bad. faxonianas did suffer some burn.....they do not like wet summers followed by cold winters. my huge agave americana was totally done in. had a huge opuntia canacapa that had to be completely removed. was so large the trunk was nearly a foot in diameter at soil level. my figs appear to be killed to ground level. many of my "half-hardy" plants in pots are toast. if i had a dollar for each load of debris hauled off in my wheelbarrow could purchase a nice dinner for two with all the extras. life goes on! later, randy