Saturday, January 24, 2009


A stroll through the garden should be pleasant and soothing. Unfortunately, there are a few too many wounded and dead hanging around my little sanctuary. After seeing the beautiful frosted plants of Karen's over at Greenwalks, I figured I'd do one on the many casualties my garden suffered in the December snow. I'm not morbid, I just need to catalogue everything I'll need to replace!

One of several Hebes that fell prey to harsh winter climes. This one came in a little 4-inch pot and had grown to about 2 feet by 3 feet, despite various abuses by dogs, husband and child. I fear its recent relocation during the renovation and all the snow was just too much for it to handle.

OK, this (the name escapes me right now and the boy is waking so I must finish!) probably isn't dead but several of its kind that I have spread around the back yard have suffered injury. The poor little things clearly got frostbite.

The Strawberry Tree has a few "age spots" now, but I think it will come through fine.

Down, but not out. The Arborvitae hasn't bounced back from winter. This will obviously need human intervention. So, what's not growing so well in your garden?


Cioara Andrei said...

Foarte interesant ce ai postat.M-am uitat pe blogul tau si imi place ce am vazut chiar e frumos si interesant.Felicitari si sigur am sa mai revin!

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Your poor hebe! It's hard to tell on most of my plants still, although my two cape fuchsia's seem to have bitten the dust. I also have a new abelia that I planted in the fall that looks questionable.

garden girl said...

Oh the carnage!

We can't see much in the garden here since it's been covered with about a foot of snow for the better part of a month. Hopefully the snow cover will help protect stuff from the frigid weather.

We have several arborvitaes in a hedge between us and a neighbor that look much like your sad one. They will never be the same after a couple of ice storms in December. I feel your pain!

And I did kill a fuchsia I overwintered successfully last year. I must find another one this spring - the hummingbirds adored it.

DirtDigger (Tessa) said...

I just dread watching all the damage that will, undoubtedly, show its sad head all through this year- I've seen damage last a couple years with some things- weird winter here in Portland...I see it got you too.

Karen said...

Aw, thanks for the shout out! Sorry about your hebes, mine are looking like toast too (except for one that might have been in a slightly more protected spot). It probably wasn't your fault, in other words! They are maybe on that edge of hardiness and if we get a bad winter, it's bye-bye. Might be too early to tell for some stuff - I'm trying to resist pruning back the trailing rosemary and other awful-looking stuff in case it can be salvaged once the frosts are done. Good luck with the arborvitae, that looks kinda dangerous!

Brenda Jean said...

We have too much snow to tell how anything is doing, but I'm hoping with such a huge snowcover that everything will survive!