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Don't give up too soon !

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A few of my Fuchsias had been killed off by that cold weather we had in March because I had left them in the shelter by the old garage, instead of bringing them into the old outside toilet.
They were rather large old ones and in a normal winter would have been all right down there.

As far as I knew they were dead ! I scraped the bark away and found nothing but dead brown wood :(
I was so disappointed because I’d had them for many years and it’s difficult to get replacements these days.

Well, I didn’t want to give up on them, so I put some on a window sill above a radiator in the conservatory, and some on a similar windowsill in the living room, and gave them some water.

Imagine my joy when I saw yesterday that a few of them are starting to sprout new shoots from below the compost … so the roots inside the pots must have been still alive :o)

Now I am eagerly awaiting the others to make a move, if they ever will … they may or they may not, but I am going to give them a chance. You never know. Sometimes plants are tougher than we think :o)

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Yay ! x

13 Apr, 2018

 

:o) x

13 Apr, 2018

 

It's amazing how many plants we all think are dead just need some time to recover. I have a few which I am hoping will do the same as yours and at the first sign of life they will get some extra tlc. We haven't had too many really hard frosts so I am hoping that the few plants that missed the 'bring them in' binge will recover.

13 Apr, 2018

 

That's great news. Really happy for you. Got everything crossed that the rest all start shooting up too ?

13 Apr, 2018

 

Wonderful news I am delighted for you Hywel I hope the your others recover to . I shall now keep mine to see thank you for your never give up ?

13 Apr, 2018

 

Oh thank you for that cheering news Hywel. Off out to do the same for mine....

13 Apr, 2018

 

That's great! :-))

13 Apr, 2018

 

brilliant Hywel. I have had this happen to me with the ones in the ground. always a joy when you can see new shoots.

13 Apr, 2018

 

That's good news,Hywel,and one of mine has done the same as yours..I had kept it in the shed over winter,as I normally do,and then brought it into the Conservatory a couple of weeks ago,giving it a good watering...nothing at all till yesterday ! whoo hoo,it's alive ! Doesn't it lift the spirits ? :o) xx

13 Apr, 2018

 

Phew what a relief, pleased for you Hywel!

13 Apr, 2018

 

I have watered and potted up three dull looking Fuchsias. I live in hope.

13 Apr, 2018

 

Thank you all for your comments.
Never give up even if the stems are dead like mine were. If the roots are still alive they will regrow.
Good luck with all your damaged plants :)

13 Apr, 2018

 

Thank you Hywel from me ☺ x

13 Apr, 2018

 

Good news,hope more survive. It's been a pretty rotten season but there is hope !!!

13 Apr, 2018

 

Absolutely true! Never give up : a great mantra!

14 Apr, 2018

 

That went wrong. I was going to ask you if the Cactii were alright in the conservatory all winter Hywel. Seems you have a radiator in there. Were they fleeced as well ?

14 Apr, 2018

 

Thank you all :)

Diane yes my cacti were all right. My conservatory is warm so there was no need to put fleece on them.

14 Apr, 2018

 

Great news, Hywel! I'm pleased for you that your Fuchsias have started to make a come back!

It seems that all of mine have resisted the winter & I can see some tiny growth buds on most of my plants. All that is except for a double Fuchsia that has been in the same wicker hanging basket for 3 years without being moved once! Like you I've scraped a little bark off the thickest stem near the base to check if it was still alive. Like you I found only brown wood underneath. I haven't given up hope altogether. It may yet sprout from the roots like yours. ?

14 Apr, 2018

 

Your balcony must give the plants some protection, unlike if they were out in the open. I hope the roots have survived and that they will re-grow for you.

15 Apr, 2018

 

Hi Hywel. I did not know Auriculas were so winter hardy.
Tough as old boots, and springing into life again at the first sign of sunshine. Can understand why they are so popular
now, and the shows so well supported.
I have a spare packet of donated seeds if you would like to grow some, as an experiment. Need your address p.m.

15 Apr, 2018

 

Just shows what a little perseverance will do.

15 Apr, 2018

 

Thank you Stroller.

Thank you Dianebulley but I have decided not to sow any seeds this year. I don't have much time for the garden now that I am a full time carer.

15 Apr, 2018

 

Best wishes Hywel. Look after Beryl.

17 Apr, 2018

 

Thank you.

17 Apr, 2018

 

That's brilliant. Feels good doesn't it. I have a clematis montana (my third one), the previous two died and this one looked like it was dead too. but I saw some signs of life yesterday at the bottom of the stem. I need to have a closer look, but it's in a really hard to reach place behind the pond, so I will have to psyche myself up and get ready in case I fall into the pond! lol.

I really hope it is a sign of life, as I will give up ever having one, even though everyone says they are easy to grow.

19 Apr, 2018

 

Good luck ! I hope it has survived for you. I've never tried one of those but they are very pretty in the spring.

20 Apr, 2018

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