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  •  my rose of sharon... (4+ / 0-)
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    are JUST starting to show a little signs of life... they are just one of those things last to really start to leaf out.

    I actually found lupine that self-seeded!!  Which for me is not a regular occurrence for whatever reason.  Maybe the spot where I had it growing last year is just a good one?

    Meanwhile, I did lose a number of bleeding hearts.  :-/  I really don't know why.  The ones that I lost did very well last year!

    NONE of the hardy passionflower vines I planted last year made it.  Not a single one.  :(

    I'm so glad I have one in a pot that I always drag inside.  It makes it worthwhile knowing I"ll get it to bloom every year.  In that pot is Mexican heather which also winters over quite well in the front porch!  I just cut everything back to about 6 inches high.

    The solomon's seal (one of my most favorite unassuming plants) is coming up in droves.  :)  It's spreading nicely.  The hellebores really look crappy!!  But at least they are still there.  I didn't get a good blooming from them because they were so smushed from the sun.  Next winter I'm going to make sure I build something to keep the snow from really pressing it's weight on them.  I have a screen I popped out one of the backporch windows that I could probably use.

    One of the camellias that I thought did fine has dropped a massive amount of leaves.  :(  I just hope it'll just put out new growth.  I know I won't get flowers from it.  Two of the other camellias that were better covered (one with an inverted garbage can, the other the top of a cat shelter) did fabulously - something I need to think of next winter, too.  The weight of the snow and ice really was bad for a lot of my more delicate plants!!!  I can even rig up temporary fencing and cover that to essentially keep the weight of the snow OFF the plants - that'll save any developing buds so I actually GET flowers.

    I'm not sure if the stick of a fig tree I planted last year made it.  :(

    I bought a magnolia today.  and nemesia because it smells so heavenly.  And I found these super black black pansies... I mean BLACK.  Really cool.  And some sage that is lavender and white.  Really interesting looking.

    All of my rosemary is dead.  I can't find more hardy stuff yet.

    And moonflower vines - but hopefully GUG won't read this far down in the post because you know, he only reads and writes one-liners... ;-)

    I saw other people buying moonflower vines.  They know the power of the moonflower vine!!!  :D

    There will be no humanity without forgiveness. There will be no forgiveness without justice. But justice will be impossible without humanity. – Yolande Mukagasana

    by kishik on Fri May 02, 2014 at 10:40:15 AM PDT

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    •  That's such an impressive inventory ... (4+ / 0-)
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      I remember your passionflower photographs from last year (i'm almost certain it was your photo).

      Do you have any way to get your hands on a bunch of those white Styrofoam coolers?  Someone i passed on the street during a walk one day told me that's what she uses for winter protection.  I just don't know.  It snows so rarely in winter here that they'd be pretty obvious, and i'm not that keen on having a bunch of white coolers staring at me all winter long ...

       

      •  That's an idea... (4+ / 0-)
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        but I'd have to cut the bottoms out to stack them high.  It's why a garbage can is just as easy - I just upturn it, make sure it's staked so it doesn't get blown.  I also do wrap the camellias with burlap.

        I think this really is only required for the first few years - until they're better established.

        There will be no humanity without forgiveness. There will be no forgiveness without justice. But justice will be impossible without humanity. – Yolande Mukagasana

        by kishik on Fri May 02, 2014 at 02:19:33 PM PDT

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