Here's another plant that doesn't seem to have minded our recent freezing temperatures. It's a plum tree that I planted from pits a few years ago. It has grown into a nice round tree with red-tinged leaves.
The plums are red too, even this early in the season. Last year I didn't really get any plums from the tree, and I don't know why. It might have been the heavy rains we had last May.
The tree has a lot of plums on it this year, but maybe birds will get them all. And that's okay.
I think this is the only tree I've ever grown in my life. I ended up planting it in the far northwest corner of our yard, right on the edge of our wine-maker neighbor's vineyard.
I also planted the irises growing out there, a few years ago. They seem to have crowded out other plants from that spot, which was what I hoped would happen. Planting irises is easy. You just throw the rhizomes ("bulbs") on the ground and sprinkle some dirt over them. They like to be right on the surface — at least in this climate.
Above is a photo of the plum tree in our neighbor's yard. The pits of these plums are the ones I planted so many years ago. Obviously, the tree looks completely different, and so do the plums. There are millions of them this year.
The plums on the neighbor's tree are green now but will ripen into little round red fruits. The ones on my tree turn red a lot earlier but aren't quite as sweet.