winter of 2014: what died/survived/thrived?
I am hoping to learn from your experience. Hoping readers will post what weather conditions they experienced this winter and which plants died, survived, or thrived.
Here's my list. I am hoping others will contribute their own.
I live in Northern Ohio, zone 5. For combined cold and snow, I would say this is the worst winter we've had here in decades. We had -20F. We've seen these temperatures before, but it's rare. And unlike our normal winters, it got cold and stayed cold.
Here's my sad inventory
strawberries: AC Wendy, Jewel, Winnona, Stark's Red Giant, Sunset varieties. Roughly less then half survived.
Prelude canes. Looks like about 1/2 the canes survived.
Carolyn. I had removed all canes after last fall's crop. Quantity and health of new canes look normal.
blueberries: All in pots buried in leaves. Duke, Blue Crop, Chandler, and Aurora looks like minor damage to tips of branches.
cherry trees: All in pots buried in leaves
Black gold (planted last year): dead
Stella Cherry: Tree looks healthy. Buds swelled. But I don't think it will have a single blossom. Looks like this year's crop is a bust.
Castleton Plum Tree: In pot, buried in leaves. Looks healthy. zero blossoms. Crop is a total loss.
Blackberries / crosses: All in pots. Stored in an unheated workshop for the winter. It got cold in there, but no where near -20F.
Triple Crowns: The canes died back about half way.
Thorny Boysenberry: The plant is alive, but the canes are dead
How did your plants do this winter? Thanks.