(Revised Jan 2016)
Mother nature had inflicted a second punishing winter in a row on my garden; possibly the worst winter I can remember. Many mature specimen perished. It was discouraging even for a ‘tough Canadian gardener’ like myself. The prolonged extreme cold temperature revealed some surprises on the true hardiness of some plants. For examples, some Pinus sylvestris suffered severe burn, while Rhododendron ‘Rosebud’, reputed to be hardy to Zone 7 survived even though it was above the snow cover. Rhododendron ‘Anneke Plazek’ that had never sustained any winter damage since it was planted many years ago quit completely.
….Moving on…..The challenge of northern gardening is, as always, not to look backward. Putting on a brave face, I am showing you the presentable survivals here. Please ignore the brown stuff and bare spots in the background here and there.
You can still the previous garden year images here.