July 22nd, 2014
I keep hearing about apparently dead plants that are still, somehow, coming back to life.
Usually, end of May or maybe early June is the drop-dead date around here. If things aren’t leafing out or pushing up by then, you can figure it’s a winter casualty.
But this year, bared-out crape myrtles and hydrangeas were budding out for the first time the second and third week of June.
My ‘Brown Turkey’ fig that I gave up for dead started sending up shoots in early July, a week after I dug it, replaced it with a new ‘Chicago Hardy,’ and set it aside in a pot. Good thing I kept it, “just in case.” It’s back in the ground in a new spot and still growing.
Just a week ago, a reader from the East Shore said he was about to cut down some leafless hollies when he noticed new shoots poking up from around the base.
And then over the weekend, my friend and fellow gardener Cindy Rudisill from up in Lykens told me that her apparent cadaver passion vine finally decided to send up a shoot – in mid-July.
When will miracles cease?