The weather has been really nice this last couple of weeks, with lots of sun and enough rain. We also didn’t have much frost since February. The plants are developing accordingly really fast.
Comparing the two Aristotelia species I have in my garden, one difference is showing particularly well in winter: A. chilensis has strikingly reddish stems, almost like a Cornus sanguinea. The branches of A. serrata on the other hand, go from red into a deep black. Both are doing fine, even though they lost their leaves (like last year).
Some flowers like Abeliophyllum distichum are just about to open but not quite ready. Here are those that are:
The snow and the cold have long gone. Temperatures are back in the normal range for winter here in the lower parts of Switzerland.
The dead leaves of Quillaja saponaria look too good. The plant is still living, some leaves lower to the ground are still green, but I don’t have much hope for long-time survival. At the time it was more of an impulse buy.
This January will be the coldest January since 30 years! We had around 14 days with an average temperature below 0° Celsius in a row, though the minimal temperatures never dropped lower than what we had at the start of the month (-11°C). Nevertheless, this will be a real test of hardiness for the plants in my garden.
Argyrocytisus battandieri ‚Yellow Tail‘ looks extremely beautiful with its icy silvery foliage against the snow.
Callistemon citrinus ‚Woodlanders Hardy‘ is peeking out of the snow. This part is probably dead; I hope the rest isn’t.
We got some hard freezes, and possibly there’s more to come.
The temperature in my garden dropped below -11°C. Luckily a warm front brought a lot of snow the days before, so the plants under the snow blanket were somewhat sheltered from the cold (hopefully). Those above the snow weren’t as lucky.
Aristotelia chilensis already survived last winter. It lost all leaves, though the wood was mostly fine. It resprouted its leaves and has been growing fast, it even flowered (no fruits). I grew it from seed (very easy) and it is now in its third or forth year.
Aristotelia serrata is the New Zealand cousin of A. chilensis. And it behaved quite similar to it (lost the leaves last winter). But interestingly it started already to loose its leave for some time. And I feel it regenerated better from last winter than A. chilensis.
This plant isn’t grown from seed, and I think it’s a male specimen, judging from the flowers last year (and ditto no fruits).
Luma apiculata. Lost its leaves last winter, but came back strongly. Unlike Ugni molinae (an other Myrtaceae) which looked fine through winter, but really was half-dead and regenerated only very slowly.