This past winter with extremely cold temperatures day after day took its toll on my gardens. A couple of perennials have not returned, there are many dead branches in the trees and shrubs have died back considerably.
I was told the beauty berry could die back to the ground each winter but it usually did all right, it had to be cut back to a foot or so where leaves are now budding out.
The oak leaf mountain ash (seen here in autumn splendour with the berries) has so many dead branches that it looked quite sparse once leafed out.
The crabapple in the backyard pulled through but there were a couple of years when it was in decline. Since I've started fertilizing it with an organic granular feed, it's done much better.
It doesn't take long after strong winds for the ground to be covered in pink confetti.
A big disappointment is that both 'New Dawn' climbing roses have died back to the ground and will have to do their best to produce an abundance of flowers this summer. A good dose of sheep manure is good encouragement!
I should have brought out this teacup to use last week when I assembled my fairy gardens. It's 'Fairy Dell' from Spode. In my previous post I wrote about the Queen Victoria tea from Murchie's I recently purchased and I can see why it is a highly favoured tea.
We went from hot and humid over the Victoria Day weekend to cool and windy with the gardens badly needing rain. I've been using the rain barrels for newly planted perennials but once they establish, they better put down deep roots to find moisture on their own. It's surprising how tough love can create self sufficient plants.
How are your gardens faring? Any new and exciting plants this year?