Did my plant die over the winter?

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That is the question–sorry, Hamlet. And White Flower Farm has some help with the answer: an article on Plants Slow to Break Dormancy. They have a lot of other articles in the Newsletter section of their Garden Help.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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kate March 22, 2007, 9:44 pm

I have had many a pleasant surprise by leaving my itchy fingers from digging out a plant that I was certain had not over-wintered successfully.

What I try and do is remember which plants are late in coming up and mark them!

Tracy March 20, 2007, 12:02 pm

Kathy: This comment has no bearing whatsoever on your post, but I wasn’t sure where else to comment. Imagine my surprise when I finally got around to reading my March Northern Gardener magazine and saw you and your blog featured. Very cool!