Local Garden Guru Sally Cunningham tells me that it may not be a good year for the gardens - the plants didn't get their long winter deep freeze with a nice snow covering - what they're genetically geared for. And I worry too about all the water they DIDN'T get. We had, reportedly, 35" of snow (and in the city here, I can't imagine we got any more than 15" this winter). Our normal amount is closer to 90". That means the plants are starting off the season with around 30% of their normal water!
|These grape hyacinths are usually first. They're coming up slowly all over, |
but the ones nearest the warm house are up full strength.
|'dils will be long gone by the time they normally come up.|
|Lungwort can survive anything, so I don't worry so much for them.|
|My collection of hucheras are coming along fine, but they |
pretty much look like this under a blanket of snow anyway.