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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Feb 27, 2013 4:15 AM CST
I happened to look out the window at my heuchera garden the other day, and this scene just struck me as funny! My husband thought it looked like a little cemetary. Hilarious! Thumb of 2013-02-27/goldfinch4/efa735
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Feb 27, 2013 10:20 AM CST

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Tell him to watch out they are going to rise soon. The Walking Heuchera.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Feb 27, 2013 10:23 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Feb 27, 2013 10:48 AM CST

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Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing That does look odd. Come on Spring!!
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Feb 27, 2013 10:57 AM CST
springcolor said: Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing That does look odd. Come on Spring!!


I agree I'm sure ready!

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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Feb 27, 2013 11:01 AM CST

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I'll bet you are!! The sun is out here today. Big Grin
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Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Feb 27, 2013 3:15 PM CST

Sun finally back out in Colorado and that snow is melting to beat the band. YEA Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Mine Heucheras are all in pots under the snow right now, markes don't stick up, Am hoping for survival.

Have you posted a pic of that area in summer? If not ... please do when it get's time.


Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Feb 27, 2013 4:04 PM CST
Here's the same garden from a little different angle.
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Carolyn22
Feb 27, 2013 4:29 PM CST
Love it Chris. I does look like a mini cemetery!
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springcolor
Feb 27, 2013 6:00 PM CST

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goldfinch4 said:Here's the same garden from a little different angle.
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Just beautiful!! Green Grin!
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Feb 27, 2013 6:20 PM CST

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Rain and ice here , gardens look like ice skating rinks. I hope it does not kill to many plants.
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springcolor
Feb 27, 2013 6:23 PM CST

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Bob, bad winter for you. You must have snow cover this year. Sure hope they are ok.
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Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Feb 27, 2013 7:01 PM CST

Chris, a reallly pretty area. Lovey dubby

Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Feb 27, 2013 8:02 PM CST

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The last couple of weeks we have been having snow and ice at night and freezing rain during the day so what is out there has turned into thick ice.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Feb 27, 2013 8:56 PM CST

I hate freezing rain, I prefer the snow to that.

Stay warm and safe Bob. What does that do to the garden?

Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Feb 27, 2013 9:33 PM CST

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For Heuchera you have to worry about frost heaving. When they are in ice like this you can not replant right away. My main plants are Heuchera , Hellebore and Echinacea. None of these like wet feet and being wet to long causes crown rot. When the ground is frozen the water just sits on top and freezes. So if the plants live all the leaves on the Heuchera get messed up and need to be removed.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Feb 27, 2013 9:45 PM CST

So they will come back from the roots/stems?

As you can tell I am really new the Heuchera. I got about 6 of them late last summer.

When do I need to do surgery?

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dormantsrule
Feb 27, 2013 11:07 PM CST
Chris - I agree with your husband. Isn't that Dr. Shock behind the tree?

Marilyn, Almost all of my heux in zone 7A have heaved from the frost thaw cycle, and it's pretty common. I wait until after our last frost date and lift them, remove dead leaves and replant. The heux in pots and planters have not heaved and I assume it's because of the lighter soil and drainage holes, but don't know.



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Name: Carolyn Madden
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Carolyn22
Feb 28, 2013 3:35 AM CST
I always thought the heaving was from the constant freezing and thawing of the ground- I had not really thought about different soils having a hand at that - you may be closer to the truth than I am. I'm all ears!
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Feb 28, 2013 3:50 AM CST
Thanks all.

That sure sounds nasty Bob. We've had our share of freezing rain this year too. It's really hard on my sempervivum because they end up just rotting. With my heuchera I lose nearly all of the leaves every winter as it is. This year I have the rabbits helping too. Grumbling

Are you getting a snowstorm out east again today? I think ours from yesterday was heading that way.
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