The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

No, it’s not Christmas….it’s spring, and gardeners everywhere are rejoicing. Finally free from the ice and cold of winter we can look forward to at least six months of grubbing, weeding and dead heading. I went out last weekend and surveyed the ravages winter left behind and am pleased to report that fatalities have so far been minimal.

I lost a couple of roses this winter, but rather than feel badly I mentally cross those varieties off my list. Roses are my favorite, but I have little use for fussy types preferring instead the robust roses of the rugosa and David Austin variety which bloom repeatedly and don’t need constant spraying. There are no fancy foam rose covers in my garden; it’s tough love all the way.

After the rose inspection I check on all the first year plants. These are things that were new to the garden last year and sometimes results are mixed. A Japanese maple purchased at the end of the season at half price did very well as did a “Black Lace” elderberry which was definitely not half price. A couple of the evergreens I planted last year got pretty badly chewed up by the deer, but the parts that remain look healthy. Apparently they will have to get little burlap coats next winter like the rhododendrons do.

It will be a few weeks before the status of the “stay abeds” will be known. Those are the plants that wait until they are sure winter is past before announcing themselves, such as the hibiscus, the butterfly bush and caryopteris. Until then I must exercise some restraint and resist the urge to pronounce them prematurely dead.



  1. The Hebrew Hammer said,

    April 19, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    You and my mother really should hang out… It looks like the botanical gardens around her house.

    Nothing is named Audrey, yet .

  2. The Hebrew Hammer said,

    April 19, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Charley, Claws sharpened yet?

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