Today Karla Roady in Roseburg, Oregon, is sharing some highs and lows from her garden. It is a good reminder that not everything in the garden is always perfect, but plants can recover from a lot.
As in most of the country, weird weather hit this February in southwest Oregon. Here in Roseburg, we occasionally get 4 inches of snow, which is gone by noon. Now, don’t laugh, but this year we got 16 to 18 inches—not much, but it came as wet, heavy snow that stuck on the trees for five days. And those trees, beautiful oaks, madrones, and evergreens, broke under the weight. But then spring came, the most beautiful spring we’ve had in years, reacting to all the snow and rain seeping deep into the ground.
One of the many split oaks damaged by the weight of the snow. This one is awaiting removal.
Sambucus nigra (black elderberry, Zones 5–8) in full flower this spring, looking perfect and unharmed by the snow.
The same plant in the previous photo is the bare stems in the back of this image. It was severely pruned just before the snow, sparing it serious damage.
Coral bark maple (Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’, Zones 5–8) before the snow damage, in full autumnal glory.
Here is the same tree, broken by the weight of heavy, wet snow.
The coral bark maple afterward, with the damaged branches cut off. Will it pull through? Plants are tough and often pull through things you’d never think they could survive.
The coral bark maple a little later. It has leafed out profusely, so there are grounds to be cautiously optimistic!
Rhododendron ‘Lem’s Monarch’ (Zones 6–8)
Rhododendron ‘Hallelujah’ (Zones 5–8)
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