U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8a. Sunset climate zone 5

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

In My February Garden

There were some blooms in my garden in February - cyclamen, primrose, hellebore, anemone, viburnum, etc. - but more than blooms, I'll remember how snowy and windy this month was.  It can't be compared with any other state's snowfall, but for us to have snow 2-3 times within a month is not typical.

Galanthus Hippolyta (?)

 Edgeworthia papyrifera

 Helleborus niger

What plants did I cover to protect from freezing temperatures? I put mulch around Gunnera and covered it with its own leaves, then added several fir branches when the temperature plunged to 25.
There is not much space to keep my agave plants dry, so I usually set them on the covered porch. For the coldest time,  I covered the agave pots with towels and sheets, and when it got really cold, moved them into the garage.

Variegated Hebe (here it is in an October photo) was covered too. I lost one plant several years ago, but hope these ones will survive.

This hardy Begonia benitochiba looked wonderful in January, but February's cold turned it into mush. I hope it'll be back in the summer. In my garden, it proved to be more hardy than Begonia sp. DJHV 13070 which never came back after the last winter.

Senecio candicans Angel Wings
I left this plant outside just to check if it'd be OK, but two other plants in the pots were moved into the garage. They are too pretty to risk and lasted most of the winter...

Strong winds, one after other,  made a mess in the garden. Fortunately, the big trees withstood them, but you can see one thin fir tree is falling down behind the bench.

Tiny olives still hang on a small olive tree that grows in a pot.

Muscari or Grape Hyacinths are preparing to bloom. In Russia, they are also called Mouse Hyacinths because of their small size.

Native Western Sword Fern and Salal are always green.  Saxifrage is also very hardy.

I've already seen some damage from the bunnies. They tried Daylilies' green tips. I prefer these stone bunnies!

I rarely plant new garlic. It permanently grows in the raised vegetable bed and also between plants in flowerbeds.
 I still harvest parsley. Parsley is my favorite herb, so I let it bloom and seed, such that I always have its fresh supply from my little kitchen garden.


 New Viburnum, planted last fall

 Trillium kurabayashii 'Giant Red'

 Daphne odora 'Marginata'

 Tree Peony

 Viburnum Pink Dawn

 Schefflera delavayi - no problem in our winter

 Petasites japonicus 'Giganteus Variegatus'  

 Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii 'John Tomlinson' is a working horse in my garden

Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' - looked pitiful after the freeze, but just for a day
Some shots of the wind aftermath:

In the above picture, growing in the red pot is Shrub Panax (Pseudopanax laetus). It can look quite sad in freezing temperatures, but jumps back to normal right after the cold passes.

Some fallen branches were as long as 9-11 feet. 

Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger', seen in front of the artichoke pedestal, looks frost-bitten, but is already back to normal.

This squirrel was sitting on the ice in the birdbath and eating snow.

New azalea will be moved outside when it finishes blooming.
Hopefully, March will be more sunny and less windy!

***Copyright 2018 TatyanaS


  1. And I want March to be warmer as well! I didn't have any fallen branches quite as big as yours, but there is always lots of little twigs and debris after the wind or a snowstorm.

  2. It seems like we get cleaned up from one windstorm and get hit by another. Our debris and pruning piles are growing as our two yard waste bins overflow. but through all the debris, spring is stirring and poking up out of the ground and swelling in buds on shrubs and bulbs. March on!
    I always enjoy walking with you through your garden.

  3. Your plants are so beautiful in the snow! It's so rare to see flowers covered with snow--it happens to us occasionally, but not very often. Gosh, the wind must have been strong to bring all those big branches down. The Snowdrops ringed with wreaths are lovely.

  4. To me, your gardens are lovely any time of the year. Glad you didn't have too much damage from the wind storms.

    Spring will be there for you before you know it.

    Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

  5. Your garden always looks stunning, even with the snow. I love the wreaths looking like birds nests with plants growing out of them. I'm with you, lets hope for a calmer, warmer March!

  6. Oh my, you did have some terrible wind. Those primroses look so sweet with a dusting of snow. You have so much green and growing in your winter garden. I love the idea of 'Mouse Hyacinths'. Hopefully March will be more kind to your garden.

  7. Wind can certainly make a mess! Glad you did not have worse damage, but I appreciate the work it takes to clean all that up! I love the close-up of Galanthus Hippolyta. Everything is blooming here, and this weekend we will have temps down into the 30's, but hopefully not freezing. I always cringe a bit at all these early blooms. Our last frost date is April 15, and it seems every year something gets zapped.

  8. Super encantador.
    Amei essas imagens coberta de neve.
    Boa semana.


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