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Name: Deb
Planet Earth, Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Apr 30, 2015 11:49 AM CST
I think this past winter was tough on a lot of plants. One nursery told me the temps dropped way faster than normal - down to the teens in mid-November. Another told me many plants were stressed by long dry periods during the winter, and few people thought to water their trees/shrubs.

I lost all but one helianthemum, which are usually rock solid for me. Plus lavenders (which I tend to think of as an annual anyway), a couple artemesias, hyssop, and a young butterfly bush. Random perennials that succumbed: chamomile, skullcap, fleabane, and Mexican tarragon (dang). Some of these I've had for several seasons and all I can chalk up the loss to is the rather weird winter. Another no-show was atropa belladonna that grew from a seed of the mother plant which died a few years ago and I was nursing the baby along.

How did your plants fare over this past winter?
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Name: Jewell
South Puget Sound (Zone 7a)
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Jewell
May 2, 2015 8:10 PM CST
Just my Rosemary is gone and replaced. Only one of my walking onions survived. I think it got too dry on the south side of the house. Strangely enough my BC ginger really took off and became a bit of a problem covering a very big chunk of a couple of beds this spring.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
May 2, 2015 8:12 PM CST
So many of my heuchera and some day lilies. Serves me right for planting later in the fall.
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Name: Lauri
N Central Wash. - the dry side (Zone 5b)
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lauribob
May 8, 2015 10:24 AM CST
I lost a couple starts that I didn't get in the ground until late September. Other than that, I haven't missed anything yet. Of course, now that I'm actually starting to weed, I'm discovering some vacant real estate. Not from this past winter though, more from years of neglect. I think our winter was pretty mild over here this year - not too cold, not much snow. When we got home in early March all the snow was gone, which was a happy surprise!
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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
May 8, 2015 3:35 PM CST
So much took a beating here due to lack of snow and late frosts. Ajuga is really in bad shape. Just isn't coming back like it has in the past. Same with Lamium, creeping thyme, the ground covers. And slow growing on most everything.
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Jun 21, 2017 2:59 AM CST
Had two new shrubs come back but quickly wilted and died. Never had a plant do this before. Was sure no fun to watch.
Name: Deb
Planet Earth, Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Jun 21, 2017 8:36 PM CST
This year, my main winter losses were roses. Two Cecile Brunners (which previously were rock solid) and Lady Emma Hamilton. None of them ever really broke dormancy and are just black nubs. I'm not a big rose fan, so not a big loss, but wonder what took them out? I do like to keep one fragrant rose for harvesting petals but the rest will just go by the wayside.
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Jun 26, 2017 12:51 AM CST
A hydrangea and smoke plant and nandina I planted last fall, were just putting on growth and wilting it off, with two looking completely dead to me. Now that we have some sun, They are all putting out new growth. What a strange year it has been in my landscape. Hope our summer gives us strong healthy growth. I have a couple young plants that need to grow a bit before winter.
Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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Toni
Jun 29, 2017 11:40 PM CST
I was very sad to loose 2 blueberry bushes, one albuteron (beautiful orange), a beautiful upright fushia. All of which I've had for many years. We had such a long long bitter cold, dry spell. Very unusual.
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Name: Lauri
N Central Wash. - the dry side (Zone 5b)
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lauribob
Jun 30, 2017 7:17 AM CST
I lost a couple small rose plants that were new last year and a few perennials that were only 2 years old. I haven't discovered any older, well established plants to be missing yet, but I have seen a fair amount of damage to shrubs and trees. It was quite a severe winter with unusually low temperatures for an extended period of time over in this neck of the woods.
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