Yes, it was a rough winter. We’re grateful that it’s history.
A friend said he’s had some late comers this spring, meaning that some plants stayed dormant from the cold of winter much longer than typical. He said to wait for a while before counting out the tender perennials.
I figure that the frost-free dates for our areas is a good marker of when to give up the ghost on late-comers.
It’s the middle of May and since they didn’t yet sprout I crossed off the following plants that did not ‘come back to life’ this year:
- French Tarragon
- Russian Tarragon
- Hens and Chicks
- Butterfly Bush
- Wild Ginger
- Grape Spiderwort
The wild ginger and spiderwort were a surprise on this list as they are natives that can withstand our winters and these particular plants did so for a half-dozen years or more. Maybe they were just old?
Already picked up rosemary and tarragon plants at a local greenhouse. The others will be missed but their demise opened a few spots in the gardens where we can plant something new.
This is the time that we’ve been looking forward to for months. Let’s get out there and plant something!