Now that we are safely on this side of winter I can make a few observations about the surprise survivors of the coldest winter in our area in 20 years.
First up, kiwi.
Last year I planted fuzzy kiwi, Actinidia chinensis ‘Vincent.’ Fuzzy kiwi, unlike hardy kiwi, is only expected to survive safely down to 10-15 degrees F, so I was very concerned about my young plants since we got down into the single digits several times.
I was very relieved to see this:
I’m hoping for lots of vigorous growth this year now that I know it has made it through the first winter.
Second, gotu kola. (Note added after original post: incorrect ID, this is glechoma, see comments section)
Lastly, Olive. It looks bad in this picture, but I think overall the news is good.
Battered but not defeated, her leaves are dead but her stems still show signs of life.
She passed the scratch test (scratch the surface of the bark and look for green tissue) and I have hope new leaves will soon emerge.
Do you have garden survivor stories from this or other particularly cold winters? Something you were sure was a goner that came back to life?