This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
The past winter has been one of great severity in England. "Somerset" in Turner's Florist, thus describes its effect: This, the most memorable season which has occurred for many years, has in many places thinned out the survivors of former years, and what have been only partially killed by the frosts of winter, are likely to die outright through the influence of the bitter, parching wind now prevailing; and which, blowing from the north-east, seems to wither up vegetation as it passes over it, worse, if possible, than the frosts of winter. We are witnesses of the effects of this piercing blast daily on tender-foliaged plants, and sub-hardy Conifers. With us Pinus apulcensis, patula, and Montezumae are dead, or nearly so; P. ayacahuite, Lindleyana, Persica, and halepensts, much injured; Cupressus Go-veniana and thurifera, browned, but not dead; C. funebris, dead (this plant is not worth a further trial); Pinus insignia, uninjured, and Pseudo-strobus ditto. I name these, as in some places they are considered tender. We have long since given up alt the long-leaved kinds of Pinus, as too tender for our climate, excepting Hartwegii, which is safe here, at which I am surprised, as it is generally reported tender.
All the rest, including P. Bungeana, A. Cephalonica, Webbiana, and Brunoniana, are safe; the latter only very slightly injured. Cephalonica is as hardy as Pinsapo, when it gets up a few feet in height; Webbiana is injured only by spring frosts (the cold of winter does not seem to affect it while dormant, but when the young growth commences it is tender as a cucumber); Bays and Laurestinus browned in exposed places; hybrid Rhododendrons in many places killed down to the ground, particularly the scarlet crosses; strange to say, many of the Sikkim varieties are perfectly hardy, standing untouched by the side of hybrids from garden varieties quite dead. Garrya elliptica dead in places; the said to be hardy Cbusan Palm quite dead, which is a loss, as it was likely to be largely introduced into garden scenery; the gold-blotched Coltsfoot from the same country (China), killed to the ground, but where a little litter was placed over the crowns of the roots they are alive; the Euonymus and Arbutus injured only in exposed places. Lardizabala triteroata, against a wall, alive.