Preliminary Spring Report on My Marginals
Posted by Jim Wilmington DE 7a on 3/15/2022, 6:44 pm
Every year there are different winners and losers. No two years look alike. |
Here we go...
The Most Damaged Plants
Lightly Damaged Plants
Sabal Minor (a small 5 or 6 year old "naturalized" specimen)
Sabal Minor 'Hatteras'
Plants Looking Aces
Sabal Minor 'McCurtain'
Because it was a mild winter (winter minima above 10F), the overall amount of damage was very light for this collection. One exception was the Y. Recurvifolia. It got its ass kicked by Old Man Winter. I have no idea what winter factor lit it up so much.
The Y. Rostrata did its usual routine where it looks pouty in March. By July 1, it will look terrific. Does this every year.
The Laurus seemed to suffer from wind more than anything else. I've lost about a third of the plant. It rebounds quickly though, so I'm not worried. The Sabal Birmy and Palmetto look as you would expect after seeing a few nights in the low teens. Some superficial bleaching out.
The Lightly Damaged group were just that. Tiny, tiny bit of damage. Stuff a trained eye would notice, not a visitor.
Of the "Aces" plants, the McCurtain Minor looks BETTER than it did in November. How is that possible? It looks PRISTINE. Showroom floor. Still has that new car smell.
Jim, Wilmington, DE, 7a
Last 30 Years Avg. Winter Low: 7.50F
Last 20 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.35F
Last 10 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.40F
Favorite Palms: Species: Phoenix Canariensis / Genus: Sabal