Posted: 31/05/2013 at 22:49
Hibiscus - oiseau bleu
Hibiscus - monstrosus
Cistus pulverulentus (sunset) - complete with the fleece that (eventually) saved its life. All the above were left unprotected from the terrible winter we had. Once I realised the damage being caused I kept the Cistus under fleece and only after the worst frosts were over did I perform remedial surgery on all three shrubs ( pruning like for a rose).
The cistus's leaves had almost all become brown. I cut off these that were completely 'burnt' by the frost as well as pruning back to outward facing buds. I fed them all with liquid feed.
I was amazed and so gratified when some weeks later I found a lot of the half browned Cistus leaves had recovered their green and started to look normal again. I didn't know that could happen - they looked too far gone. I now think the plant is going to flower as beautifully as it did last year.
Both Hibiscus (Hibisci?) looked so dead I almost scopped them out then I thought of renewing most of the compost, pruning (after the worst frosts) and feeding.
(Obvious really) Now look at them!
(if these pix are wrong way up please pretend you haven't noticed)