The Slow Thaw

 


Although we've had temperatures in the 40s all week, it is taking a coon's age for the snow to melt. I did some work in the garden today and surveyed the damage. Fortunately there isn't much damage and we were lucky here in Vancouver to not get as much ice as areas south of us.

This morning, as I was pulling out of the driveway, I noticed a big limb had broken on the strawberry tree. 

Strawberry Tree (Arbutus)
 

The  Honey Bush (Melianthus) was laying completely on the ground. I had intended to prune this anyway so I cut it back to the ground.  

Honey Bush (Melianthus major)

Last year, I remembered that the Hebe 'Sunset Boulveard' was damaged badly by the cold so I had covered it before the onslaught last weekend. It looks to be fine -

Hebe 'Sunset Boulevard'



 

The Pieris looks like it isn't fazed at all by any of this -


 

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

Comments

  1. I'm glad to see you weathered the snow and ice relatively well. I love that Pieris.

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  2. It is good that you didn't have too much damage. Still awaiting those 40 degree days here. Maybe tomorrow. :)

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  3. Snow at least is moisture. Hopefully not too much damage yet to discover. 40's F, Brrrr!!!

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    1. I know - I was glad we got the snow. At least it keep everything insulated and like you said, moisture!

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  4. It's sad about that big strawberry tree limb. Hopefully the shrub isn't looking too awkward without it. You got to love Pieris for their cool, stoic unfazed nature.
    It seems my Pieris put on a good display of blooms every OTHER year. Have you noticed anything like it in yours?

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    1. The limb was large but it didn't affect the look of the entire tree. Fortunately, it was a limb located right on the back bottom. All of my Pieris have bloomed well every year so far.

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  5. It's sad about that big strawberry tree limb. Hopefully the shrub isn't looking too awkward without it. You got to love Pieris for their cool, stoic unfazed nature.
    It seems my Pieris put on a good display of blooms every OTHER year. Have you noticed anything like it in yours?

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  6. I'm glad you came out without too much damage. You did get quite a bit of snow - wow!

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