Sunday, 15 May 2011

Winter plant deaths - final tally

I've not wanted to do this blog - it makes me cry just thinking about it - but I've finally made a tally of all the plants that have died in my garden due to the extreme(?) winter weather. I've already blogged about cordylines dying all over the country - and I'm still getting questions and e-mails about them.
To further complicate the cordyline problem, they are now suffering from bacterial slime flux: patches on the stem ooze white or orangey liquid that is sometimes frothy and which has an absolutely foul smell. There may also be black staining below the patch of ooze. Sadly, there are no cures for this bacterial disease - just cutting down affected stems.
Anhyoo, back to the winter deaths. I've left it this long to make the list, as plants can recover, but if you dig them up prematurely - they won't!
These are the ones that have croaked in my garden:

Buddleja Buzz Lavender & Buzz Magenta (in pots)
Campsis radicans Flamenco
Chamaerops humilis
Clematis paniculata
Clerodendrum trichotomum Carnival
Convolvulus cneorum x 2
Cordyline australis Sparkler
Coronilla valentina subsp. glauca 'Citrina'
Dianthus Devon Cream x2
Dianthus Passion
Dianthus Raspberry Sundae
Gerbera Everlast Pink & Everlast White & other varieties
Lobelia tupa
Musa basjoo
Olea europaea
Passiflora caerulea Constance Elliott
Penstemons – 6 different varieties
Pittosporum tenuifolium Abbotsbury Gold
Pittosporum tobira Variegata
Trachycarpus fortunei x 2
Tulbaghia violacea Silver Lace

Died/overwintered in the greenhouse:
Agapanthus
Brugmansia
Cannas
Dahlias
Eucomis
Hedychium

Still looking ill/will they recover?
Corokia x virgata Sunsplash
Laurus nobilis
Phormium Cream Delight

What about you? Are there any plants you'll admit to losing over the winter?

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