Thursday, April 12, 2007


Calling all gardeners! I need answers to my questions. I am so sad. We had such a warm spell here and everything flourished. Mind you, it really was time for things to happen here, but it wasn't supposed to be in the high 80's and low 90's. Now it has gone down to the 20's several nights.

My plants look dead or near death. I am not a seasoned gardener, and I'm not sure what to do now. My hydrangea had loads of new growth. It's all GONE!

My sedum, which usually looks decent even in the winter is a little brown.

My lilies are droopy, and sad.

My hosta looks wilted, soggy, and disgusting!

My hollyhocks were close to three feet high already, and have blackened.

The columbine couldn't care less about the cold snap and is doing dandy!

Even my pear and peach trees have black leaves! Yuck!

So, do I cut off the yucky stuff, and hope that the hosta, hollyhocks, and lilies come back? What about my trees? Is there ANY hope?


Lori B said...

I'm not sure what to tell you to do.

It's a bummer it was so nice out and then turned back to such cold weather. We have that here too. We have snow on the ground right now.

Tina said...

Call me..I can fill you in. All is not lost!

Tina said...

I am going to be a copycat and put that As for me and my blog...banner on my blog too!

Christy said...

All I know is to cover them all with sheets at night...Not much help I know!! You are probably already doing that!

It did the same thing here and my plants recovered-hopefully yours are just in shock!!

Trella said...

I am so sorry this has happened to you. The weather has sure been strange.
I have no advice for you, maybe an internet search will help. I am very impressed that you know the name of all of your plants, etc. I couldn't even do that. Thankfully I have a mother-in-law that is really good at such things.

Christie Belle said...

Mmmm..I'm definately not a gardener, but I hope you get some good advice and your flowers, plants and trees are back to beautiful soon!

Anonymous said...

I'd suggest you contact your local plant nursery and ask what to do. I'm hoping you can save at least a few...


Anna said...

I am absolutely NO help in these matters! Sorry.
I have no green thumb whatsoever!


Kelli said...

Oh no, your poor plants! It really looks like frost damage to me. You may need to cut off the damaged parts. I like the idea of calling a garden center near you. They may suggest using miracle grow or something to give them a good boost. Let us know what happens!

Becky said...

Don't cut the hydrangea. Hydrangea bloom on OLD grown, which means it forms buds and blossoms on the grown from last year. If you prune it you will destroy any blooming for this year. The other stuff is not native to FL so I have no clue. I hope someone can help you.

PortraitofPeter said...

Oh that is so sad Tracy, it appears the sharp decline in weather has brought this on.

As you know my gardening skills - are non-existent, hence my purchasing a gardening book - to educate me.

I do hope someone can come up with some answers and to save your plants.

Blessings to you all.

Anna S said...

I asked Mom and she said they had this kind of frost damage loads of times when they had a garden. She didn't have any kind of practical advice, though.
Sorry it happened to you, and hope you salvage at least some of your plants.

Barbara said...

Frustrating when this kind of thing happens. With your hydrangea, cut back to just above the healthiest looking bud, does not matter how low down. Just cut the hostas back to the ground. Whatever you cut back will grow again, it willjust be laater than usual.
I will get some photos inside Greensted church for you sometime.