Our favorite, the fast-growing
Queen palm (Syragrus romanzoffianum),
will probably be a total victim of the severe temperatures.
These graceful palms are not at all cold hardy.
If you discover you will have to
plant new palms, wait until the soil heats up. Palm
trees love warm earth around their roots. For more
about weather-proofing palm trees,
Frozen Shrubs and
Succulents. If other shrubs in your garden appear
to have been damaged by the cold, again we suggest that you
wait and see. Some plants, particularly those native
to areas where wildfire is part of the natural cycle, can be
destroyed right down to the root ball and grow right back
again. On the other hand, frozen succulents will turn to
mush so you might as well clean up the mess now.
Roses. Usually this is a good time of year to buy
bare root roses. If you decide to buy now, perhaps it
would be prudent to wait a few weeks before planting.
We actually prefer to select roses in Spring because the
plants are often in bloom and we can determine if the rose
actually matches the name on the tag. We have had some
surprises with bare root roses.
To Prune Roses or Not. A friend of ours
conducted an accidental experiment last year with her
roses. They did not seem to be going dormant so she
delayed pruning them. Eventually, half were cut back,
half were not. She reports that the only difference
she noticed when they began to grow and bloom is that the
unpruned ones were slightly less tidy. So if you do
not cut back your roses this winter, you will still have
flowers later. We would like to thank Rose D. for telling us
about her rose garden.