First, the good news. As a result of frequent applications of the Stare of Life, several of the plants on the winter death watch have broken dormancy. Specifically: both my two year old fringe trees (Chionanthus virginicus), the bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Longwood Blue’}, the ‘Blue Adonis’ compact butterflybush (Buddleia), and the ‘Conca D’Or’ orienpet lilies. Though only three of the five lilies I planted are up so far – but hey, I’m not going to complain.
Still dead: the flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) and the three serviceberries (Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’).
All this goes to show that patience is an essential virtue for gardeners. A virtue I do not have, but an essential one nonetheless. Or, as an old colleague used to regularly tell me: never panic. It also shows the essential perversity of certain gardeners (OK, I mean me), because I now am suffering from just the slightest twinge of disappointment because I will be unable to buy replacements for the plants that were actually not killed by the severe winter. Some of us can just never be satisfied.
Now, the bad news. This is a terrible time to leave the garden, but I must leave early tomorrow morning and not return until Friday. This means that some plants could easily reach and then pass their peak while I am away. For example, I returned home today to find the blooms of peony ‘America’ opening. By Friday they could easily be done, especially if we have some warm, stormy weather. The same thing could happen with my ‘World Expressions’ tulips. And I will most likely to be gone for almost all of the remainder of May.
It’s a hard life.
Do you have to abandon your garden at crucial moments, and if so, how do you handle it? And do you have plants coming back from the dead?