Good for the garden was the fact the snow fell in December and never melted. This snow cover protected everything in the garden. However anything not covered by the snow was wind damaged or killed outright. The tops of some plants were dried out by raking winds. Climbers, trees and shrubs have large amounts of winter kill. My thyme bed is so disheartening that I could not take photos of it. However, this year I have a special project-- a 20 x 20 foot community garden patch and in that patch is a 3 foot by 3 foot raised bed with thyme, so at least I have beautiful thyme plants to enjoy without memory of what once was!
|The garden as first planted 5-18-14|
These are a combination of French, German, English, Common Lemon and Doone Valley Thyme. The Doone Valley I wintered over in the house, the others I purchased this spring from nurseries and plant sales.
The soil did not really warm up until between May 15 and 20. I did no direct sowing in the garden until around Memorial day. The winter sowing I did was slow too. The plants finally germinated and sprouted in late April.
|You can see the snow cover even in February|
|Here are the spouts on 4/27/14|
To my surprise the seed that fared worst was Nasturtiums. These hard shell seeds usually are perfect for winter sowing, but the germination of the seed was 1 plant in the entire container.