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Signs of Life


By lauram


Yesterday, as I read Karensusan’s “Winter Casualties” blog, my heart sank as I imagined what was going on in my own weather-ravaged garden. So this morning I let my dogs out and shuffled over to check on the damage. Not looking good, overall….but there were some pleasant surprises:

Look at the new growth and new leaves on this Acanthus mollis, still green after a winter under a blanket of oak leaves.

Beautiful new buds on the red buckeye…I can’t recall the scientific name at the moment.

Fire pink, Silene virginica, just as fresh and green as it is in May.

I was thrilled to see the celandine poppies, Stylophorum diphyllum, making a solid comeback.

I’ve never seen the fairy wands, Chamaelirium luteum, turn black with the cold…they are evergreen! But look closely – new leaves are forming in the center of the rosette.

Loads of little babies from the showy evening primrose, Oenothera speciosa. Let’s hope it spreads to cover the rocky, literally unplantable spots in my sun garden. There’s solid rock about 5 inches under the soil in some areas, and nothing will survive there.

This Gaura was hacked down last summer by an unknown garden thief, who also assaulted other neighborhood gardens on the same evening. It’s certainly rebounded, and spring hasn’t even come yet!

Chelone lyonii, pink turtlehead, making an early appearance.

Looks like the Aconitum survived….perhaps the garden thief will return and be unlucky enough to pick it.

And, finally, I found this memento of summer under the leaf litter. The day this package arrived was surely a good one.

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You have lots of survivors ...
... that's good news ...
... little buds and shoots :o)

23 Jan, 2011


lovely to see a blog full of hope!
ive just remembered last winter was fairly severe but the blossom was really good and the autumn was amazing ~ so maybe there is good to come out of a bad winter after all?

23 Jan, 2011


lovely to see signs of life...spring will soon be here!

23 Jan, 2011


i thought my plants were doomed when the deep snow and very cold weather came but after the snow cleared many plants were just as green, as before the snow came. I can't understand why. They were buried deep under, and had no light for a while.

23 Jan, 2011


nice to see so much coming up in your garden Lauram,i can see life springing up in mine too, just too cold & dismal to go out in it yet...wont be long now though :o)

23 Jan, 2011


I'm pleased to hear and see your survivors :o) You can look forward to seeing them all flowering later on.

23 Jan, 2011


Pleased you have some survivers, will be going to have a look at mine soon.

23 Jan, 2011


I was just out planting some bareroot ferns and saw that the bleeding hearts & white wood asters are beginning to emerge....yessss!!!

23 Jan, 2011


Its a joy to see new growth appearing and you have lots.......

23 Jan, 2011


How lovely you have so many survive also wonderful of your Bleeding Hearts lovely plant, and Wood Asters.

23 Jan, 2011

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