Is it Spring yet?

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 snowdrops are flowering.
schneegloeckchen

Ribes malvaceum carries some heavy buds. This Californian species is supposed to flower in winter; obviously not in my region. The leaves smell incredible, musky and truly exotic.
ribes-malvaceum

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.
quillaja-saponaria

Pseudocydonia sinensis has surprisingly kept its foliage.
pseudocydonia-sinensis

Luma apiculata on the other hand… But it will leaf out again.
luma-apiculata

This little Lomatia ferruginea looks fine.
lomatia-ferruginea

Hakea microcarpa is supposed to be one of the hardiest Proteaceae.
hakea-microcarpa

This Proteacea, Grevillea alpina ‚Canberra Gem‘, looks equally unbothered. Maybe they will show damage in spring.
grevillea-alpina-canberra-gem

The last Proteaceae for this post: A couple of seedlings of Embothrium coccineum.
embothrium-coccineum

I was tesing three Dianella species (seed-grown) for hardiness. As expected only Dianella tasmanica survived satisfactorily.
dianella-tasmanica

Cotula lineariloba is a star in my garden. Looks perfect year-round.
cotula-lineariloba

All Callistemons seem to have some die-back, but are otherwise okay. Here is Callistemon sieberi ‚Widdicombe Gem‘.
callistemon-sieberi-widdicombe-gem

Azara petiolaris doesn’t look great. Last year with -9°C it came through unharmed. And of course all flower buds are busted.
azara-petiolaris

azara-petiolaris-2

My tiny Araucaria does fine.
araucaria-araucana

Agarista populifolia is my favorite evergreen at the moment.
agarista-populifolia

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