Snow Affects

“Snow Affects”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


Okay, last post about the Blizzard of 2008 that hit our area Thursday.  The big question is how did the snow affect the garden.  Since the snow was so unexpected, none of my tropical and semitropical plants were protected.  Temperatures did not fall below freezing until that night, so I was fairly certain everything that was snow covered would be all right.  I am happy to report that it seems only the coleus has bit the dust.


The agapanthus looks a little tired.  No cold damage, but I think the weight of the snow smashed it a bit.  It looks as if someone sat on it.  The amaryllis foliage is bent down in the same way, too.




The calla lilies came out fine.  Even with the snow covering, they are still standing upright.  The elephant ears were not so lucky.  They are bent over, but that’s okay since they will probably freeze back in January anyway.




Mexican Sage  is fine.




The ginger made it though the snow storm still upright and unfazed as did the cannas.




The petunias and violas were completely covered in snow, but now that it has melted, they look as if they had never even seen snow.




So all in all, the snow did not affect very much, and the plants around here suffered no real damage.  From the Boston Ferns to the Easter lilies just starting to pop up, everything seems to have survived the Blizzard of 2008.


  1. Brenda Kula said,

    December 14, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    I’m so glad! I worry about my ginger every time it gets very cold out, as it’s kind of heavy to move it.

  2. Alex said,

    December 14, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Hello…looks like almost everything made it through just fine. Hopefully the agapanthus will pull through. 🙂

    Hope you had a good weekend.

  3. Randy said,

    December 15, 2008 at 6:45 am

    Jan, I’m glad everything weathered over okay. We haven’t even seen the first hint of snow this year. 😦

  4. Jan said,

    December 16, 2008 at 5:42 am

    Brenda, I admit I was a little worried about many plants in containers that were covered in snow. My ginger is planted in the ground so there is no moving it.

    Alex, I think the agapanthus will be fine. It looked like this after Hurricane Gustav – beaten down – and came back fine.

    We enjoyed the snow so much. It would be nice if we had it once or twice a year instead of years apart.

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