Herself's Houston Garden

Conservation through cultivation

Frosty garden evenings

Surprisingly the two frosty nights this week have done no damage to established plants and only hurt a few of the new ones. The pinecone ginger and desert rose have dropped their leaves. The flower coming on the African spear doesn’t look like it will bloom. But I’m not sure yet. I even have two cattleya orchids outside that weathered the cold comfortably.

One of the reasons the frosts did so little damage was likely the rain received over the last few weeks. Plants stressed from a lack of water do far worse when we get a cold spell.

The top picture of the bee is deceiving. The flowers are only about a half inch across if that. This bee was working away despite me and my camera being on top of him.

See also:
What to do about frost damage

Protecting your plants from cold weather