I have been working very hard at not jumping to conclusions about which plants got killed off during our brutal winter. However, I am becoming increasingly fretful. Here’s the situation as of today.
After two seasons in my back garden, my flowering dogwood (Cornus florida ‘Appalachian Spring’) is pretty clearly a goner. No leaves, and the buds seem to be shriveling rather than swelling. These trees are only marginally hardy here. Also, I lost the newly planted shrub rose ‘Strike it Rich’. It was clearly a mistake to plant this rose in late summer, I should have waited until spring.
As I mentioned in a previous post, three serviceberries (Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’) also succumbed, more to the rabbits than to the cold. However, I’ve already replaced them with cranberrybush viburnum (Viburnum trilobum) – two ‘Redwing’ and one ‘Wentworth’. Fortunately I still have two healthy serviceberries.
On the Critical List
My bluebeards (Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Longwood Blue’) are not showing any signs of life. Ditto my compact butterflybush ‘Adonis Blue’. Shouldn’t I be seeing something by now? These were all planted last year.
It’s probably too early, but I’m worried about the ‘Conca D’Or’ orienpet lilies I planted last fall. They are nowhere to be seen. Someone please tell me this is normal.
Also, I shouldn’t be fretting about my fringe trees (Chionanthus virginicus), but I can’t help it. Scratching the stems exposed green tissue, but it seems they are taking an awfully long time to leaf out.
Lived to Tell the Tale
I’ve had the shrub rose ‘Sally Holmes’ for several years, but this is the first time it has died back to the crown. Fortunately, new canes are emerging. Since this is an own root rose, ‘Sally’ should still be ‘Sally’ when she gets around to blooming.
Plus, my ‘Annabelle’ hydrangeas, while still alive, seem to have taken a real beating. They are putting forth a lot less green growth than they normally would, and it tends to be lower down on the stems. I thought ‘Annabelle’ was a very hardy shrub, so I am surprised.
On a Positive Note
Last year Rachelle of Talking to Plants sent me a bloodroot (Sanguineria canadensis) after I expressed a plaintive wish for some of these lovely woodland ephemerals. And guess what – it was blooming when I got back from the hospital! Unfortunately it peaked while I was away, but still I can now look forward to a growing bloodroot patch of my very own.
How bad were your winter losses, or are you still waiting to find out?