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Friday, April 13, 2012

Malus Purple Prince Picea abies Reflexa Freeze Damage Hosta

Gardening in recent years has become a battle between mother nature and those gardeners dedicated enough not to give up. Between droughts, summer weather during Winter which enabled most of our plants to leaf out and mother nature dared to tease us and take it back. My garden has been hit a lot, fortunately not everything but with some things only time will tell.

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Malus Purple Prince - Crabapple had a beautiful blooming season. Very early as with everything else, but I got to see a couple weeks of the beautiful flowers before a hard freeze took out so much here in this area as well as across the country.

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The Peony tree blooms earlier than my regular Peony and has a couple blooms started. Since the freeze hit so hard here, I am not sure if these will open or not.

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Just a few of my Hosta coming up here, way too early. Quite a number of my Hosta have been severly affected by the freeze. I haven't decided if I will cut them to the ground and let them completely leaf out again or just cut off the freeze damaged leaves. Since it's either all of the Hosta affected or the greatest part of them, I probably will cut the affected ones completely down. Several of these that were up this much were some of the affected ones.

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This Bloomerang Lilac had just started opening her blooms so am not sure if they will finish or not. I hope it didn't hurt it for any reblooming either.

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Picea abies Reflexa. This is a weeper so the height is totally controlled to how tall I want it. Since electric lines are above, I couldn't have anything really tall. Well all I can say is that I am glad a lot still hadn't bloomed or leafed out and that I have some conifers to look at. That Solomon's Seal coming up on each side of the Viburnum in back with a Painted Fern in front of those. The Ferns were affected by the freeze. I hope things improve here and around the country for this gardening season.



48 comments:

Mark and Gaz said...

That Malus Purple Prince looks stunning, and nice to see your Hostas coming back as well. The garden's looking lovely, very neat and tidy and I hope your conditions do improve for this coming gardening season :)

Giga said...

Jednym słowem, u Was też mróz uszkodził kwiaty. Jest to przykre, bo możemy wielu kwiatów nie zobaczyć. Kwitnące drzewko jest śliczne. Pozdrawiam.
In a word, from you or frost damaged flowers. It is sad, because we do not see many flowers. Flowering tree is beautiful. Yours.

Claudia said...

Sorry to hear your plants suffered from the freeze. Let us know if you decide to cut them back. I think they should releaf just fine. Have a good weekend. c

Kate said...

Hi Cher,
Hopefully the weather will be more normal in a few weeks. Sorry so many of your plants were damaged. I know how disappointing that is. At least you have that pretty crabapple to cheer you up! I spent yesterday evening covering little plants with upside down mason jars because a storm with inch and a half hail was heading our way. It's pouring rain now and I see on the news that some really bad weather is heading for the midwest. Hang tight!

Julie Marie said...

Your photos are beautiful!... I hope the freeze did not take too much of a toll on your garden, xoxo Julie Marie

Pearl@serenitycove said...

I have been trying to decide what to do about my freeze damaged hostas as well. I kept them covered but there are a few that still have damage.
Your crabapple is gorgeous!!!

Becca's Dirt said...

Beautiful blooms on the tree. Hope you didn't get too much damage and things will rebound nicely. Have a nice weekend.

Patsy said...

Sorry, that is sure a real disappointment. Just hope most come back. The tree was beautiful.

Zoey said...

Oh, I hope all your lovely plants survive the terrible weather.

That tree is a stunner!

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

The crabapple is awesome. I hope everything grows well for you this year.

Lona said...

Sorry to hear that some of your plants and blooms got touched by the cold. The Crabapple was just gorgeous.
Lilacs are pretty tough once they are already in bloom so it will be okay. My hostas were under the eaves of house so were not burnt. Things are just too early this year. It is a long time until the middle of May.

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

I see you've been hit by frost too! I knew that early warm up was going to get the plants in trouble! I've never cut a hosta down to the ground after it started so I wonder what it will do. My hostas are only up out of the ground about an inch or two so they are safe but it's been tough on a lot of things. I have some tulips that look pretty weird right now too!
Your crabapple was fabulous- what a perfect shape too! Let's cross the fingers and hope for things to balance out.

Linda said...

Awww, so sorry to learn you have been hit by frost. It can really do some damage. I love looking at your blooms. Spring is here. I hope your plants and trees are make it. I hope you come by for a visit. I just posted Spring photos of our yard. Enjoy the week-end. Linda

HolleyGarden said...

So sorry that so much was affected by the freeze. You're right - us gardeners have to be more stubborn than Mother Nature! The crabapple is just lovely. But I just adore that weeping tree. Such an interesting specimen.

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Cher
Decisions huh? Me too, and I did lose some plants since there was little snow cover this winter.
Your crabapple is stunning.
Judith

dorothy said...

The crabapple is so pretty! I hope your plants recover from the frost. They were looking so healthy. I think hostas are pretty hardy so I bet they will be fine.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

People been reporting the weather been weird this month. Same here in Australia. Its mid-autumn but feels like summer for a week now. Love those blooms.

Becca's Dirt said...

I hope you don't have too much damage from the cold. Gorgeous crabapple tree. So full of blooms too.

Rohrerbot said...

Excellent crabapple tree!!! I agree with you 100% These past years have been a challenge for all gardens in all parts. But it just demonstrates how gardening is constantly changing art:) Cross your fingers that we have a "normal" summer. All my best. Chris

Malar said...

Stunning Malus purple prince! Such a lovely plant! Your plants are growing well!

PURA VIDA said...

Love your blog..just discovered it! A new follower

Rebecca said...

After coming home today (from vacation) we enjoyed our flowers BUT there is a frost warning for tonight. My brother in North Carolina lost his kiwi & grape vines to frost while we were there a few days ago.

I'm sorry you've experienced frost loss. It HAS been a strange year.

Albert Einstein☺ said...

The Malus Purple Prince is so awesome. Actually it's my very first time to see such lovely tree. You are really a green thumb gardener for cultivating these lovely plants.

followed you...hope you could follow mine too

Ginger Zuck said...

The trees have had a banner blooming year for sure. I hope the frost did not do too much damage. I was wondering about your garden. We turned out ok here, but in nearby counties went to 24 and 28... It sure is decieving... I hate that.. good luck.

Diane said...

Everything looks great, Cher. Funny that your hostas would be affected by the freeze, but they must be very used to the nicer weather! I guess they adapt. Hopefully they will come along, they are looking wonderful!

Francesca said...

Here in Rome it has been raining for days and it is also cold. Beautiful pictures,you have a lovely garden.

darbycreekyorks said...

Pretty! We are forever marking things down in the garden center dirt cheap. Check out the carts in the back of your Lowes garden center. Lots of perennials. I need to stop getting things...

BTW, herbs and veggies are 1.50 a pot right now.

G

Denise said...

You've got so many lovely trees, plants and flowers in your garden, your an inspiration.

Beth said...

Hi Cher, So good to visit you again! Love your Picea abies Reflexa, your lilacs, and your flowering crabapple. I'm sorry the freeze affected your area. We had burning of the hydrangea leaves but most everything else shows little to damage, for which I am thankful. Have a nice weekend!
Blessings, Beth

Casa Mariposa said...

Your crabapple is extraordinary!! We've had weird freezes, too, but I don't think our temps were as low as yours. My freeze damage was minimal. The Solomon's Seal will be beautiful with the viburnum. :o)

Neuer Gartentraum said...

Ach wie wunderschön es bei dir grünt und blüht. Wenn ich deine schönen Bilder sehe, freue ich mich darauf, wenn es auch hier so weit ist.
Gruß Anette

Cathy and Steve said...

Love that gorgeous tree. We are blessed in that the only thing that was cold damaged here was our saucer magnolia. I hope your hosta recover from the freeze damage. I'm thinking you're on the right track in terms of cutting back the damaged leaves. How frustrating!

Andrea said...

Oh i am sorry about those which are affected by the frost, but that first Malus is surely a reason for celebration. I still remember it when smaller, now it is already a tree!

Kippy Marrie said...

Olá amiga....
Obrigada pela visita em meu blog e pelos parabéns pelo meu aniversário. Fiquei muito feliz.
Agradeço sua presença e amizade.
Obrigada.
Fica com o Papai do Céu.
Aus 1000 e Beijos 1000 com carinho das amigas...

KIPPY & LILLY

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Cher,
The Malus Purple Prince is so beautiful! I love the colour! I am sorry that the freeze has been affecting your garden. Anyway I know as soon as the weather improves you will get things going again. Your garden is awesome. Take care.
Judy

Fishtail Cottage said...

yay for the season that is on it's way...my garden is still waking up! but wanted to let you know that Fishtail Cottage's garden party starts back up next Thursday (May 3rd)....can't wait to see what you are sharing! xoox, tracie

jayneonweedstreet said...

I love your Malus! Ours were just about finished and last night there was a severe frost - I am worried as you are!

Autumn Belle said...

If only I have this Marvelous, Malus Purple Prince in my garden, it shall certainly be King! So very lovely!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Such an exciting time of year to see everything coming back! your blooms are so pretty on that Malus tree! Thanks so much for linking up to the Cottage Garden Party over here at Fishtail Cottage! xoox, tracie

Kippy Marrie said...

Olá amiguinha...
saudades de voce.
Passei para dar oi e dizer que gosto de sua amizade.
Aus 1000 e Beijos 1000 das amiguinhas do Brasil...

KIPPY & LILLY

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Kippy Marrie said...

Olá amiguinha...
saudades de voce.
Passei para dar oi e dizer que gosto de sua amizade.
Aus 1000 e Beijos 1000 das amiguinhas do Brasil...

KIPPY & LILLY

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Kippy Marrie said...

Olá amiguinha querida...
Legal que gostaram do meu relógio com a foto.
Ganhei de uma amiguinha.
Gosto de ter voces em meu bloguinho.
Ótima noite e excelente semana a voces...
Aus 1000 e Beijos 1000 com amor das amigas do Brasil...

KIPPY & LILLY

Diane said...

Hope all is well with you. Thanks for your comments!

Have a wonderful week, and looking forward to your next post!

Diane

BlueShell said...

Indeed...your garden is gorgeous! I wish...
Have a blessed day.
BShell

Francesca said...

What beautiful plants! Gorgeous ferns!

Kippy Marrie said...

Olá amigas...
Passei para desejar um ótimo final de semana e que voces se divitam muito no domingo dia das mães.
Muita ALEGRIA pra todos.
Fiquem com o Papai do Céu.
Aus 1000 e Beijos 1000 com carinho das amigas do Brasil...

KIPPY & LILLY

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Susanne said...

Such a beatiful garden you seem to have and that Malus Purple Prince is marvelous.

Hugs

Gardening with Juanita said...

Looks like you had a lovely spring