Snow Damage and Flax
My poor garden was left unprotected from the snow last month. We'd planned a three week trip back to the east coast over the holidays. We left on Dec. 13 - it started snowing on the 14th and didn't let up for two weeks! No one expected this kind of weather. Normally we don't get a lot of snow as we're at a very low elevation (200 ft) so even if we get a dusting the plants are fine. I did a good job with my fall clean up and mulched really well so most of the plants are okay.
However my poor New Zealand Flax are a brown flattened mess! I'm so heart sick about this as they are huge focal points in my garden. What can I do to help them come back to life? They used to be about 6' tall and now they're just slumped over a few inches off the ground. Should I wait till spring and cut back the broken leaves? Will they come back? Should I dig them up and replace them (I'd *really* rather not do this if I can help it.) Will they come back on their own? Halp!