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late emerging perennials


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Jenny19-May-03 07:34 PM EST 3   
Dawn19-May-03 09:45 PM EST 3   
19-May-03 09:48 PM EST 3   
PatA20-May-03 12:33 AM EST 3a   
Jenny21-May-03 10:15 PM EST 3   
PatA22-May-03 10:12 AM EST 3a   
Joy23-May-03 01:41 PM EST 6a   
jenny25-May-03 08:03 PM EST 3   


Subject: late emerging perennials
From: Jenny
Zone: 3
Date: 19-May-03 07:34 PM EST

Hi folks, I have been searching the internet...probably not asking the correct question...looking for late emerging perennials. I have a few (I do not remember what is planted in this new area)plants that are visable stalks, cut down last fall, however no show of anything green as yet. Many of my plants because of a very late spring with cold temperatures are only about 2 inches high. I am anxious to know which plants are known for coming up very late in the spring before I start digging up this bed and replanting. I also purchased and planted 3 new clematis last year and only see shoots coming up on 1 of them. These are group 3, to bloom on new wood, very hardy plants from Hole's, and were to be cut right back down to the ground in spring...any ideas? I do have some patience...but would be much happier if someone told me not to worry... Thanks to anyone that can help.


Subject: RE: late emerging perennials
From: Dawn
Zone: 3
Date: 19-May-03 09:45 PM EST

Hi Jenny. I'm also in zone 3 and I can tell you that with the "COLD" spring we've had alot of my perennials are only now poking out of the ground.....some of which have been in 3 or 4 years. So patience is the key. I know that here in Red Deer the ground (in the shade) is still cold. I am planning on waiting until around June 7 or 10th before I start assuming my perennials didn't make it. As well, I have some clematis, virgina creeper and hops that are just starting to sprout. I am going to assume you are in Edmonton based on your comment about Hole's. I originally hail from Edmonton so I think you just have to be a bit more patience for the next 2-3 weeks. The one thing that gardening tries to teach us... is patience, my dear, patience!


Subject: RE: late emerging perennials
From:
Zone: 3
Date: 19-May-03 09:48 PM EST

I would be happy to tell you not to worry. ;) Things are quite slow this year in my garden too! You mentioned shopping at Holes so we must live in the same general area. Checking back in my gardening diary things are usually further along by now. Don't worry....enjoy the calm before the garden season really begins.


Subject: RE: late emerging perennials
From: PatA
Zone: 3a
Date: 20-May-03 12:33 AM EST

Jenny that's ditto for me too. I have pictures from April 29th last year with my friends children in the garden and all my plants today are still much smaller. My clematis - 1 is sprouting from all over and the other 3 are just barely showing signs of life at the base only. Have hope, that's what we do in this cold area.


Subject: RE: late emerging perennials
From: Jenny
Zone: 3
Date: 21-May-03 10:15 PM EST

Thank you to all that responded to my enquiry and for your encouragement...I'll keep looking for the latecomers... I actually live in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and it is just starting to warm up a bit. Re the comments on Hole's Greenhouses...I order my clematis and specialty perennials from them as they are more readily available and also more prone to survival than those brought in by the local nurseries. Thank you all again and happy gardening!


Subject: RE: late emerging perennials
From: PatA
Zone: 3a
Date: 22-May-03 10:12 AM EST

Jenny, have you tried Vanderweiss greenhouse & garden centre? They have close ties to several prairie garden centres including the one I work for in Red Deer AB. We put out a flyer featuring prairie hardy (zone 3) plants and I thought they did the same. Remember the more you request hardy stock locally the more apt they are to bring them in. You are the CONSUMER you're in the drivers seat!

PatA ;-)


Subject: RE: late emerging perennials
From: Joy
Zone: 6a
Date: 23-May-03 01:41 PM EST

Here in tropical southern Ontario there have been lots of things emerging late, and some only sighted in the last week. In fact, I'm still waiting on a couple of things - though I may be waiting in vain.


Subject: RE: late emerging perennials
From: jenny
Zone: 3
Date: 25-May-03 08:03 PM EST

Thank you Pat and Joy for your responses...yes I have purchased many plants from Vanderwees Nursery...most have survived...this winter was nasty though...we received a very hard late rain which totally drenched everything and the frost was not out of the ground yet. I dug up some of my perennials to find them completely rotten underneath. Even some of my hostas I lifted and found to be mush around the outside..which I lifted up..tried to save the good and replanted. Our ground is very heavy here...although I have been amending it over the years. I am most worried about my clematis...of which only three are emerging from the soil...I have two more (zone 3) brand new last year, and I do not see anything at all...is there anyway of checking the plant without harming it? Thanks again folks for all your help.


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