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What have you lost in your yard from this winter

Post  Judy McConnell on 4/20/2014, 8:54 am

Checking my yard yesterday (really the first time) I discovered that the chives and sage have died from the winter horrors.  Nothing else was overwintered in the beds so no losses there.

My fig tree (20' tall,20' wide) has apparently given up the ghost - too many freezing temps.  Several of the butterfly bushes are gone as well.

It seems that these losses will give me space to plant other butterfly/hummingbird species   BUT more importantly - more sf beds Very Happy  Very Happy

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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/20/2014, 9:06 am

I think I may have lost my fig tree also. But since I only bought it last fall I really don't know when it's supposed to start sprouting so I'll wait for a while longer. Fortunately I did pot up some of the clippings from pruning it back and a couple of them look promising.

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Post  llama momma on 4/20/2014, 9:08 am

Table top filled with 64 strawberries, gone.  Covered in pine straw and some leaves too. 
Lesson learned - never put another perennial in there again.  

About 55 strawberries survived very well in ground level beds.
New garlic and new asparagus also overwintered wonderfully in ground level beds too.

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Post  Cherbear on 4/20/2014, 11:25 am

Possibly blueberry bushes and quite a few bulbs. I planted those really late, and the soil was half frozen in that box anyway so I didn't expect much. Also some kohlrabi I attempted to overwinter. Garlic seems to have made it through.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 4/20/2014, 11:33 am

My late-planted glads froze and subsequently rotted.  However, they were still green and growing when the frost hit, so I didn't think I could dig them.  No big surprise.

Two-thirds of my pansies, which typically survive Central Oregon winters.  

I'm wondering about my flowering plum trees, as well as the crab apple trees here in the neighborhood.  The former were in full bloom at this time last year, and the latter bloomed FIRST in 2013.  Nothing so far.  My plum trees have sparse blossoms only at this time.  

My three rose bushes--although, once again, I planted them in-ground late in the season, and they probably didn't have time to get established before cold weather hit.  

Lessons learned!  Now, out to plant (as soon as it warms up a bit, that is.)!

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Post  Goosegirl on 4/20/2014, 12:26 pm

Looks like the intense cold may have gotten the best of my 3 little struggling variegated Weigela shrubs. No sign of buds yet, but the tiny branches are not brittle, so there could still be hope.  sunny 

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Post  yolos on 4/20/2014, 12:51 pm

I had 3 hardy hibiscus, now I only have 2.  I love those bushes.

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Post  walshevak on 4/20/2014, 1:22 pm

1 rose, my first try at a fig bush, and a late summer planted camellia.  Some of the garlic, but not all and the elephant ears that will usually overwinter in my area.  But they were in tubs, not in the ground.  And the lemon grass even though it was brought into the garage.

Surprise save was a rosemary plant left outside.  The one brought inside died.

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Post  mollyhespra on 4/20/2014, 2:36 pm

@Judy McConnell wrote:Checking my yard yesterday (really the first time) I discovered that the chives and sage have died from the winter horrors.  Nothing else was overwintered in the beds so no losses there.

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That really surprises me about the chives.  The maps say I live in zone 4, but I  *know* that my house is situated in more of a micro-climate zone 3, and my chives were the first thing up.  What kind of chives were they?  Onion or garlic?

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Re: What have you lost in your yard from this winter

Post  Judy McConnell on 4/20/2014, 2:44 pm

Onion chives or Common chives (Allium schoenoprasum).

I had clumps in 3 different sites - one potted in 12" pot; a large clump in one square of bed, and the third in another bed.  Lost them all - wonder if being too wet (when snow melted) and then immediately frozen by the next storm caused their demise.

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Post  jmsieglaff on 4/20/2014, 2:59 pm

All the garlic survived because it was buried in snow, but all 8 mums on the southside of our house died--lack of snowcover because it melts easily there.  We need to figure out another way to protect them in winter if we're going to replace them.

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Re: What have you lost in your yard from this winter

Post  Marc Iverson on 4/20/2014, 3:11 pm

A lavender plant, daikon radishes and French breakfast radishes, and a lot of spinach and peas which I had hoped to keep for longer into the fall and winter, after successively planting quite a few over a period of months. They were in a shady part of the yard and under row cover, which protected them for a long time, but they finally gave up. I wonder if they might have done better in a sunnier spot, but I didn't have one up here. The daikon radishes I planted under row cover at my neighbors house, though, which is sunnier, almost all survived.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/20/2014, 4:12 pm

3 of 4 Sugar Baby watermelons, all 8 Amish Paste tomatoes, all 4 Holstein cowpeas, all 4 bottle gourds, 2 or 3 of 4 luffa gourds, some other tomatoes, some of the okra.

But some of the other tomatoes I thought were goners have new little leaves poking out.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/20/2014, 4:15 pm

@Marc Iverson wrote:A lavender plant, daikon radishes and French breakfast radishes, and a lot of spinach and peas which I had hoped to keep for longer into the fall and winter, after successively planting quite a few over a period of months.  They were in a shady part of the yard and under row cover, which protected them for a long time, but they finally gave up.  I wonder if they might have done better in a sunnier spot, but I didn't have one up here.  The daikon radishes I planted under row cover at my neighbors house, though, which is sunnier, almost all survived.

wow, I didn't know that you could overwintered daikon. Does it continue to grow in the spring?

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Re: What have you lost in your yard from this winter

Post  Marc Iverson on 4/20/2014, 10:53 pm

Yes, it grows in the spring too, when overwintered from a fall planting. Mine actually bolted a month ago. Lots of small white flowers with violet interiors. I've left them for the bees, but also have a selfish motive. Someone here said she had her daikon bolt and eventually the flowers got pollinated and turned into pods which were delicious. Haven't seen that yet, but the soil I planted them in isn't MM and is probably not too good, so I may need to fertilize them to get the flowers to set fruit. If they do indeed set pods, there will be tons of them from just a few daikon.

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Post  sanderson on 4/21/2014, 12:13 am

To all of you in colder climates, I'm so sorry for your losses, especially when there's a sneaky last frost.

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Post  herblover on 4/22/2014, 12:19 pm

We lost our redbud tree, and my garlic as well. Not sure about one of the euonymous shrubs; still a little early to know about the butterfly bush.

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