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Friday, May 25, 2018


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Rae Kaiser

It was a hard Winter. Sorry about all your losses. We plant this weekend. Buy HUGE tomato plants at the farmer's market and put in tubs at the lake edge, our only sun. And because of the inpatiens fungus I must find another red plant for around the deck tree. Weird weather... this year has been Winter, Rain and now Summer. I've never seen Lake Monona this high this early in the last 9 years.

Barbara H.

You had a lot of losses, which is hard on a gardener's heart. Sometimes, though, when I finally give up on something that has died or isn't pulling it's weight I like the the opportunity to find something new. And sometimes it's a really good thing because it was in a crowded area due to poor planting planning or growth that exceeded expectations. I'm sure you don't have that problem....


Sorry for all your losses from this brutal winter.

Loree / danger garden

Ugh, that's a lot of damage (and death). The thing I see about climate change, and our theoretically warming winters, is that it's not an absolute. Sure four out of five will be warmer, but then you get that one colder and bam! That's the end of the marginal plants you've fallen in love with.


A sad set of losses; I'm so sorry. This was one of the worst kinds of winter, with a long fall drought leading in and deep, prolonged cold early on with no snow cover. If there were dwarf conifers growing here, the losses would probably approach yours. I bet the over-15-year-olds will rebound, given their root systems. Maybe their new shapes will just add more wabi-sabi.

Good move on the ivy and vinca. That graceful chartreuse-leaved woody plant makes a gorgeous spring vignette whatever ground cover you decide on.

One of the plants worst hit by winter here was an ivy, the white-variegated sterile cultivar 'Glacier' that grew out of a tiny abandoned pot to form a big patch of groundcover under a mature beech. It's recovering, but all the new leaves are about twice normal size -- and the small foliage was part of its charm. We'll see what happens over the summer. Fall and early winter are its best time, when it sets off dark green hellebore foliage handsomely.

Lisa at Greenbow

Wow, the winter was not kind to your garden. The top died on the Silverbell that was only a year old in our garden . It looks weird. I guess we will have to cut out the top and train a limb as leader. I was hopeful that leaves would eventually pop out on it but I doubt they ever will. I lost the standard that I made from a Viburnum Mariessi. It had been in a pot for what was a 4th year. I lost several things in pots. Yes, it was a bad un.

Dee A Nash

Dang Linda! That just sucks. I also have a clumping bamboo, and you know, we often don't get snow in Oklahoma except for some years, and it was on the north side of my garden at the edge of the garage border. Every year, it looked like hell in spring. So, this year, I moved it to the southeast side of the house. We'll see how it fares there. It's all such experimentation, gardening. The more we know, the more complicated it sometimes seems. I'm sorry you lost so many plants. I really am.They leave some holes in the garden to fill. ~~Dee

Beth @ PlantPostings

Yes, I've been taking stock lately, too. Most of the losses were recent additions, and some are slowly coming back, but that lack of snow in January and February was really brutal. It wasn't even really colder than normal, but without snow, the plants were so vulnerable.


I have to say I'm astounded by your losses. I had a few as well but not anything close to what you've experienced, and now with the flush of May growth I'm putting it behind me, but to see your 10+ year old plants completely dead or disfigured I have to say I'm sorry for you.
Here the winter had cold spells but only a few which were worse than usual. Most of my losses I blame on a warm autumn followed by a rapid, frigid cold. Just yesterday I was looking at the dogwoods and realized only the younger plants have damage, and it's all the more vigorous growing tips which died back. I'm guessing they didn't harden off properly since they were actively growing late in the season.

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