Here are a few general observations:
- All bananas have been cut to the ground, apart from 2 clumps that I saw which still had some remaining pseudostem.
- The Dicksonia antarctica mostly still have green fronds. Some do look quite battered, and all appear flattened, presumably by the weight of the snow.
- Several Cordyline australis have lost their growing points, but a good many look to be fine when viewed from ground level.
- The worst impacted plants were the succulents. Numerous Agave species had died, and many others showed visible damage. Aloe striatula had suffered, but should be ok.
- Most palms looked in better than expected condition, with the exception of Phoenix canariensis which had suffered burnt fronds. Spear pull had occurred on all the P. canariensis that I inspected.
Take a look at the following photos for a better idea or how the plants had fared:
|Typical damage to an agave, most were damaged to some degree.|
|Brahea brandegeei looking healthy despite some burnt fronds. Some of this damage relates to last winters cold. Is this the largest Brahea brandegeei outside in the UK?|
|Brahea edulis growing on the Mediterranean bank looked badly scorched but should recover ok.|
|The various Butias had come through ok, apart from one Butia yatay that looked a bit sick. This one looked pristine.|
|Both of the large Butia capitata by the restaurant were in perfect shape. These are now growing into impressive palms.|
|This was labelled as Chamaedorea cataractarum. If true, it is amazing that it is still alive. I suspect it is actually Chamaedorea microspadix.|
|Cordyline 'kaspar' looked better than after last winter|
|Numerous Jubaea chilensis had sailed through the cold ok|
|Every Phoenix canariensis had severe damage. The spears of all that I was able to inspect had pulled, and all had bad damage to their fronds.|
|Schefflera macrophylla (I am not sure when this was planted as I don't remember seeing it last year. It's not a plant that is easily missed!)|
|Perhaps unsurprisingly Trachycarpus martianus had bad frond damage|
|Another Trachycarpus martianus, this one was more sheltered by taller planting and had not suffered so badly.|
|The many Dicksonia antarctica were mostly still green, although all looked flattened. Presumably due to the weight of the snow in December.|
|Every Chamaerops humilis looked ok, but several Washingtonia's were not in good condition. Hopefully these will recover during the summer|
|X Butiagras nabonnandii - I was very pleased to see that this had made it through with only some minor leaf burn|
|Lastly, this Beaucarnea had not made it. The Cycas revoluta and Echium wildpretii were looking well.|