February 5, 2011

Don't Discount the Aucuba

Aucuba at 10:07 am
Aucuba at 10:07 a.m. on February 4, 2011
Since Tuesday, my aucuba have looked like this. Goners waiting to turn to green slime. I didn't cover them because last year, my garden guru Bob Webster said that aucuba foliage doesn't need protection and that it would recover if I refrained from touching it. During the three-day freeze in 2010, the aucuba never drooped so I applied Bob's advice this year, but maybe I should have factored in the wind chill.

Aucuba at 12:10 p.m. on February 4, 2011
Ye of little faith. By 12:10 pm the freeze broke and all five plants perked up as if nothing had happened. Never doubt the guru.

I can't say the same for the firespike in the lower right of the other picture. It was a cutting from MomMom that I've been nurturing since June. I mulched it so now I'm waiting to see what spring brings.


  1. So cool how they bounce back like that! I wonder how they did it while it was still freezing cold out?

  2. Aucubas are wonderful and do bounce back but they sure look like goners when it is so cold. Bummer on the firespike.

  3. Have not yet had a chance to check my Aucubas - but your results certainly have me hopeful!

  4. Thank goodness right?! My Japanese Aralia looked about the same and I thought they were goners for sure - bounced back beautifully too! Now just hoping the ginger will come back from the roots.

  5. My MomMom follows my blog via email. Here's what she had to say about this post, "Hi Abbey...Yes, Acuba even tolerated Tulsa winters. However, The firespike will turn to slime....but will come back and be sublime.
    Love, Mom Mom."
    I love the play on slime with sublime :)