Hi everyone. Hope you've had a good gardening weekend. SO here's my
It was a pretty atrocious winter. Here in S/W Kerry we had the most snow
and the longest periods of frost since the sixties. Can you help me
make a hard decision on whether my penstemmons failed to survive the
winter or whether I need to be more patient?
There is absolutely no green anywhere and the twigs I have broken off
snapped off cleanly - brittle with no bend at all. I'm more than a bit
ticked as they're four years old. Does anyone feel they might bounce
back with more time. Its really hard staring at dead plants. Thanks for
I'll vote for patience...I'm in Oregon and my garden took a beating
this winter too. We had prolonged record sub-freezing temps, snow and
hit a low of 9 degrees which burst pipes all over town. At first look
my Penstemons (Sour Grape & Apple Blossom varieties) looked stone
Made a note to pull them, but when I went back to actually clean the
beds a week or two later, way down at the bottom of the very dead
stems I found the tiniest little green leaf buds. Have had them die
way back before and as long as there's a spark there, they seem to
recover and bloom vigorously. No harm in giving them a bit of time.
At least 1/3 of our azaleas have 2/3 leaf damage in the form of a
burn or dryness. They still bend a good sign BTW. Strange that some
are OK and others affected may be age related thou. This winter so far
was down to 6 F. where last year we had a -5 F. with no azalea
I intend to wait and cut back as a last resort. Also in process of
replacing some as they are about 40 years old and have been fighting
borers all their lives.
About to remove leaves and construct a small light intensity plant
Rumor has my brother next door intends to put three large commercial
greenhouse up next door. I may see If I can lease 20 sq. feet for
Bill Garden in shade zone 5 S Jersey USA
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