Recovering From a Brutal Winter

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After a winter with record setting cold, followed by record setting snowfall, we have just finished a spring with record setting rain with temperatures well below average. Needless to say, plants are struggling. Especially those that were new last year and not well established.

I have been surprised by which are struggling and which are thriving. My Rudbeckia and Coneflower have barely surfaced. Scabiosa and Sea Holly I have declared deceased, but I have been surprised before in late July when a dead rose suddenly came to life. All the Coral Bells are doing great as are the Astilbe.

Anyway, we have moved quickly into summer. Now it is the gardeners having trouble adjusting to 87 degrees! The plants are much happier. Everything is trying hard to catch up. Blooms and buds are quickly appearing, the ants are working hard on the peonies and the Iris are very slowly trying to send flower stalks up.

So here’s what is happening in my gardens, how are yours coming along?

Front Entry Containers

Front Entry Containers

Deck Containers

Deck Containers

Hardy Geranium

Hardy Geranium

Nearly Wild Rose

Nearly Wild Rose

Struggling Iris

Struggling Iris

Nepata - already enormous and blooming

Nepata - already enormous and blooming

Lovely little Ninebark

Lovely little Ninebark

Pavement Rose is covered with buds about to burst

Pavement Rose is covered with buds about to burst

The ants are really working hard now on the peonies

The ants are really working hard now on the peonies

Never fail Salvia just doin what they always do

Never fail Salvia just doin what they always do

Weigela right on schedule and doing well

Weigela right on schedule and doing well

With at least some of my plants growing well and blooming I think I can be patient while the rest of them recover. I have already replaced four shrubs and two roses as well as the perennials I believe to be lost. Hopefully the rest will continue their recovery!

Sharon DwyerComment