This might seem a little late for a post on plants lost to our last winter (an extraordinarily severe one). But sometimes you need more time to be really sure of your losses.
I kept hoping that our Deutzia (Deutzia crenata ‘Plena’) was going to leaf out, but at this point it’s clear that it was done in by our stretch of -22 (Fahrenheit, that’s -30 Celsius) weather. This was a venerable shrub that was already mature when we moved here 16 years ago.
Here’s how it looked in 2015, blooming behind our ‘Sally Holmes’ rose.
Speaking of ‘Sally Holmes’ – all her canes were killed. She’s sending up some new ones, but they are not especially vigorous. I suspect we won’t see any blooms this year. Same story with the rambling rose ‘Darlow’s Enigma’.
The only roses that came through the winter unscathed were the indestructible ‘Cassie’ and the wild Prairie Rose (Rosa setigera).
This is a closer view of the Deutzia flowers. This shrub was a substantial presence in the back garden, and we’ll need something substantial to replace it. But first I’ve got to work on removing it. Sigh.
In terms of perennials, we seem to have taken the following losses.
Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis). There are far fewer Wild Columbines this year, and they are not nearly so robust. This is a short-lived plant in any case. I suppose the cold killed off some of the mature plants and reduced the number of seedlings.
Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica). Of our two clumps of Indian Pink, the one near the back porch has survived. There’s no sign of the other one, which was in the Back Garden Island Bed (though I still hope it will come poking through the ground covers). This plant is native to regions to the south and east of here.
Clematis ‘Betty Corning’. Before this last winter we had 3 ‘Betty Corning’ vines, now there are 2. Why this particular one succumbed is a mystery, as it was located just about 4 feet from one of the survivors.
This last winter did inflict some painful, though not devastating, losses in the garden. I try to be philosophical about it. Losing plants is part of the process, and each loss adds to our store of experience and provides an opportunity to try something new.
Did you lose many plants over this past winter?