The Polar Vortex has come and gone, although I did see that there is a bit of snow in the forecast for next week. So, those of us who thought the weather might be stuck in winter mode can now relax and begin to enjoy spring and breathe!
This morning I was out early assessing the damage and trimming back some very black rose canes.
Here’s what I can tell you so far:
The old roses wintered the horrible weather just fine. I’m not sure they even knew we had a Polar Vortex. There are bud eyes (Bud eyes are swellings on the cane where the growth will start.) right to the very tips. Roseraie de la Hay, Harison’s Yellow, Rosa Mundi, Celsiana, Hansa, Madam Hardy and the others look amazing! No die back at all.
Drift Roses have had a little die back, as they normally do.
Knockouts will need to be cut back severely, but I always do that anyway!
Hybrid Teas and Floribundas will be cut back to around 4”. That is a few inches lower than I normally would prune them. Most years I prune them down to 12”.
David Austin roses did very well and just have normal die back.
The new roses on the amazing trellis Mr. G built, Francis E Lester and Peggy Martin, have had quite a bit of die back but they are out in the open and susceptible to wind, so it is not surprising.
Dr. Buck’s Quietness rose has no die back at all.
The Meilland shrub rose Carefree Wonder was another rose with very little die back.
I’m still not sure about my New Dawn and Zepherine Drouhin climbers but the Golden Gate climbers will be cut back to about 12”.
I completely covered the roses that I planted or transplanted last fall in mulch, and to my surprise when I pulled back the mulch to check on what was going on under the mulch, the roses were green to the point of leafing out.
Daylilies, yarrow, daffodils and iris are all up and doing fine.
Perennial herbs are right on schedule.
Annabelle and Pinky Winky hydrangeas look amazing.
For lavender and many other companions, it’s too early to tell.
Bloomerang lilacs look ready to rock and roll.
Dogwood trees, minus a few limbs that we lost in the heaviest of the snows, are loaded with buds.
To say I am pleased is a huge understatement. There were many bitterly cold, windy days that I feared the worst for the garden. So grateful for the blanket of snow!
And, if Rose Midge was eliminated in all that cold and ice… well, that will be something to celebrate too.
As more cold weather is coming this week, I’ll keep you posted. Fingers crossed that the temps don’t dip toooo low. But, I think I can safely say that the Polar Vortex was kinder to my garden that I ever dreamed!
My garden last spring…
I hope spring is shaping up nicely in your neck of the woods and you are able to enjoy God’s handiwork! Is there anything more wonderful for a gardener to experience than the rebirth of spring!