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  •  Same here (11+ / 0-)

    I'm really concerned my butterfly bushes may have been heavily damaged. It was doing fine so I went ahead and pruned it on April 12th, but on April 15th we had a nasty snow and sleet dump with below freezing temps. Now all those tiny leaf buds are just dried up and falling off.

    I'm debating whether or not I should give it a bit of pruning just on the tips of what I've already cut just to see if it will stimulate some new growth.

    My blue mist bush got hit with the same problem but it seems to be coming back. Fingers crossed on that one - it's the prettiest blue and at 4 years old now it is a lovely size in a big, big patio planter.

    Peace.

    "When injustice becomes law, defiance becomes duty." Bill Moyers

    by Ninepatch on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 06:51:11 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah, (10+ / 0-)

      I'm used to seeing the first growth start on the butterfly bushes in March, then cut them way back in early April.

      This year, when we had that really nice day on April 12, I cut them back even though I didn't see any new growth on them. So even though we got that crappy weather on the 15th (gotta love the weather here in NE Ohio, gah), there really wasn't anything left of the bushes to be harmed by it.  

      I can only cross my fingers and hope something pushes up from the base.  After all, the white bush was here before I moved in 16 years ago, so it has good survival skills.  We'll see ...

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