Garden Update: the Survivors and the Wimps

I wrote earlier about losing our weeping cherry tree to the polar vortex/snowpocalypse this year.  It wasn’t blooming at all and had a whopping 12 or 13 tiny leaves.  But Pamela Hodges, who blogs over at i paint i write, just asked how it was doing, so I figured it’s time for an update.Weeping Cherry showing life

Through the whole month of May, the weeping cherry didn’t know if it was coming or going.  It spent all that time with blossoms and leaves both, over about half of the tree.  What you can’t see in the picture are the tiny leaves interspersed with the haze of pink blooms.  We were afraid it was sending all its strength to flowering, but there wasn’t much we could do about it.  The tree has finally settled down and looks fairly healthy, although there are a good number of small, high branches that seem dead – IMG_3689I’ll have to get our beanpole son up there to prune them out! The roots are strong though – it’s been shooting up suckers from the trunk and from the big root that sticks up through the ground.  I clipped the suckers and the wound-heal spray looks like it sealed the winter crack well, but I guess we’ll find out as time goes on.  For now, color me relieved and ecstatic.

 

Juniper after winter damage

Polar Vortex + Junipers = Goodbye!

On the other hand, the junipers turned out to be total wimps.  And I’m not sad about that!  I’ve hated junipers ever since I pruned some as a teenager and  suffered through a prickly rash because of it.  So I’ve sort of ignored these landscape anchors and let them grow as they pleased in the three years we’ve been here.  To the point that they’ve overgrown the hyacinths (which I LOVE) that were planted in front of them, and to my horror, I discovered that you can’t cut these junipers back because once you get into the woody growth, they won’t put out new shoots!  Ugly, overgrown monstrosities, and nothing to do about them!

So they’ve been waiting until the executioner landscaper (me) has time to pull them out and put something more worthwhile in.  And now every enlarging, polar-vortex-caused brown spot makes me dance with glee – I don’t have to feel guilty about pulling out a living plant!

The rest of the garden has surprised me.  I was busy with school and hadn’t mulched/covered/prepared anything for winter.  Bad Jennifer!  The spring bulbs were fine, of course, and the most welcome sight after the cold!  The peonies, daylillies, and such came back as strong as ever; same for my 3rd year asparagus.  My rose bushes were a gangrenous black, except for the sickly-green section that had been covered with a foot of snow just before the big freeze.  I cut them back and some put out stems from the 12″ that lived, while others came up from the roots.  And I thought I had lost the wild loganberry I brought back from my brother’s place last year, but it started producing leaves from the roots just a couple weeks ago.  Even the two blueberries I planted late last summer made it – and have about 8 berries each for our first crop!

Here’s to a hopefully less-ravaging winter this time around.  And to my roses and berries:  I promise to protect you better this time!

How did your landscaping do in the long run?  Did you lose any trees or shrubs?  Or your sanity?  And will you do anything different this fall?

Oh!  And in other news . . . big announcement coming next week!  Watch this space!

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Garden Update: the Survivors and the Wimps

  1. Melissa G. says:

    Woohoo, 16 berries in your first crop! 😀 A little short on making a pie, but maybe next year. 😉

  2. Jennifer Jensen says:

    Hey, Melissa, I’m just glad they survived! But yeah, first crops are always tiny. I’m not really a blueberry fan anyway, planted them for the guys and . . . well, just because. I guess I like the thought of growing things that someone can eat! So I’ll have one or two and B, B & T will get the rest.