I started to clear the snow from the part of the flower bed where I knew I had snowdrops. It was a good thing I buried some sticks in the ground last spring, so I would know where they were. I was very careful not to dig too deep and damage the plants. I was amazed to see the poor things already popping out under the tons of snow! I continued digging out the spring flowers bed and saw the hyacinths and daffodils were also popping out. The next day it was primulas' turn to come out from under the snow. They were also blooming, although frozen, caught up under a thin layer of ice. But the sun melted the snow and ice from around the spring flowers and they came back to life. How incredible nature is!
I was more concerned about the roses, which had also been lying under a heavy snow drift for so long, but this wasn't so bad because it protected them from the deep freeze. Some of the roses haven't been covered with snow and they suffered severe frost damage; the stalks were brown, indicating they had been badly frozen, so I needed to trim them off very short. Usually I trim back the dry or frozen stalks above a sprout, but some of the roses didn't have any sprout. I wasn't even sure whether they would sprout again, but they did. I thanked God for that and felt amazed of how nature prevails.
The thujas guarding my front entrance were also damaged by the snow and freeze. The heavy snow trapped some of the branches inside the drift and they stood there for over a month, until the snow melted. I've also damaged their branches when shoveling the alley to clear a path to the gate. They were looking very bad after the snow melted, so I decided I'd better trim them back like a hedge and keep them that way from now on. After a month they were showing new growth. Some of the branches have dried off - hopefully, not all the plant will die, but only the damaged stalks. I noticed that most of the thujas and other shrubs in people's gardens, in the park, or on the streets have been damaged, and some are dry. I guess I'm lucky that none of my thujas are all dry, but only one or two branches. If the drying continues, I will trim those stalks off and let the others grow.
My Norway blue spruce survived very well, even if its lower branches had been caught up in the snow.
The Colorado blue spruce was even better, because it hasn't been under the snow for more than a few days all winter, and it survived the deep freeze. Even the vinca under him was okay and this spring it has bloomed for the first time since I planted it. The trumpet vine had to be pruned of the dry branches tips, same as the common sea-buckthorn, Rose of Sharon - but that is what I always do for those plants every spring.
The front garden, on the right and left part of the thujas, is doing very well now. Tulips, columbines and pansies are blooming, roses are sprouting and the two baby buxus are showing new growths.
Also, on the other side, the strawberries are growing like nothing happened and like they've never had a 6-foot-tall snow drift over them. The lilac was almost broke in two by the heavy snow, but it could be "repaired" by tying it up, very tight, with a ribbon. The buxus bush near the lilac was also highly traumatized after being under the snow. I dug them both out of the snow when the drift shrinked. They looked poorly, especially the buxus, with many yellow, dry leaves! I pruned the buxus, wanting to give it a round shape. It doesn't show so round, does it? Maybe in time, but for now it needs to revive, and start new growths.
I think the most amazing were my cherry and sour cherry trees, which not only have survived the very deep freeze, but have also bloomed more than any year before. It's their fourth year and I expect they will also fruit.
The apricot, in exchange, didn't bloom very well, only on the higher branches. Only one branch was dry and had to be cut. This is where I need to learn more, about pruning fruit trees.
I needed to start the vegetables in my vegetable garden . The weeds' roots seemed to have died off because of the deep freeze, so my colleagues method, of digging and turning the weeds' roots upside down in the fall, has worked. Now I only had to dig again, rake and level the ground. The work was a bit delayed because of the late melting of the snow, but I had plenty of time to sow and plant the seedlings. As long as the soil was weeds-free, everything else was piece of cake! Isn't it funny how the deep freeze sometimes acts on our behalf? Even though it damaged some parts of my garden, (especially the fence) I am ready to forget everything if those weeds are forever gone. Well, maybe not forever, but at least they are damaged and shrunk. I've spent a lot of time throwing away the dry roots while digging and I enjoyed every minute of it!
I must end this here because the garden is calling my name, but I'll be back soon with more news about my garden.
Happy gardening to all!