The expected freeze happened [the night before Bloom Day], just enough frost to blacken things like Brugmansias, Daturas and Periwinkles in open ground. I pulled many things like Melampodium in anticipation so I wouldn't have to see dead plants..Last night's freeze was about an hour of cold just enough to make tender leaves twist and blacken. Some protected areas still boast blooms.
Hearty Camellia sasanqua is not affected that much, still heavy with white blossoms. Freezing temperatures were for a short time and only one night, so we bravely soldier on.
Salvia leucantha under pines frames a dry Hydrangea bloom.
Scattered rose blooms persist.
Gulf Muhly is not as spectacular as it was a week ago. Lantana montevidensis will persist until a really hard freeze. Melampodium was protected by the Duranta above it, also still blooming, Melampodium in the open ground is blackened.
White Camellia Sasanqua
Camellias, our winter standby. C. sasanqua starts the season.
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