Don't Discard Before May!
09 March 2010 16:10:05
The intention today was to prune the roses. I got as far as pruning my two climbing roses and then got distracted into clearing up that bed.
The first good news is that my Voodoo Lily (Dracunculus vulgaris) was unaffected by the frost. I saw two shoots emerging : ) The Lobelia cardinalis seem okay but time will tell. Signs of regrowth on the Penstemon too.
The yellow Phormium, that's now completely brown, I cut back. The advice I received on assessing what is dead or not, is to wait until May before discarding. If stuff hasn't shown any sign of life by May then it is most probably dead but everything should be given a chance until May.
The main feature in the bed I cleared today is a prime example. It is a large Abutilon vitifolium. I have never seen it loose its leaves before and I see no sign of new buds when usually, at this time of year, it is bursting with them. I cut off a small branch to look for signs of life and fancied I saw some green. So maybe there is still hope.
The thing I regretted most though was the fact that I had given away all my seedlings from this fast growing shrub. I had kept one and planted it but it has not survived the winter.
But, as I was thinking these thoughts and clearing around the shrub, I was amazed to discover a host of new seedlings, all unburned by frost. I am absolutely delighted. At least if worst comes to worst with the mother plant, I will be able to grow one of her babies in instead.