It's this time of the year that I could use a little more common sense and patience. Once the spring bulbs start blooming in the gardens, I start looking for new growth from the perennials. Of course I see some - a lot, really - but there are many things that look as dead as can be.
Are they dead or aren't they?
And the answer to that is, "Time will tell." Common sense tells me that not everything wakes up from winter's sleep at the same time, which means I need to be patient while waiting for the late bloomers. But knowing it in my head doesn't stop me from worrying about what might have been lost to winter's brutal conditions.
I'm seeing growth from the base of some of the mums, the gaillardias, and heucheras, just to name a few. But the hardy hibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus) and Echinaceas are showing no signs of life just yet. I'm fairly certain they're all just fine, as I've had them for a few years and haven't lost one yet.
Other perennials are also not showing growth yet and I'm not as familiar with their growth patterns, so I'll just have to take a wait and see attitude with them. More than once, I've feared that something has died, only to have it spring to life a little while later and thrive.
As they say, patience is a virtue.
Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Satin'
Hibiscus syriacus 'Aphrodite'