As it tries very hard to snow again today (I did say the weather is like a yo-yo!), it’s interesting to see what is actually hardier in the garden than conventional wisdom dictates.
Pelargoniums, we are told, are usually only hardy to Zone 9b (-3°C/25°F). So far this winter, in zone 8, we have had a few nights to -7°C/19°F and a most other nights below the -3°C threshold.
The Pelargoniums have taken it all in their stride, and show no signs of any damage. One of my favourite is the citrus scented Pelargonium which I have planted near pathways to get a delightful scent as you brush past.
And here is my the citrus scented pelargonium with another light dusting of snow this morning after many frosty/snow days and nights – but still perfectly green and happy:
And in another area of the garden, the common pelargonium, Pelargonium Domesticum “Solstice Lilac Star” is doing equally as well:
And here is my winter one in an unsheltered area of the garden, next to the emerging jonquils.
I guess many plants have a little more tolerance than we give them credit for!