There are some plants that I know from past seasons are just a little later to emerge than everything else...Eupatorium, Vitis vinifera and warm-season grasses, to name a few. For plants that I just planted last season, however, it can be a harrowing wait to see if they made it through the winter.
Hosta 'Big Daddy'
I was a little surprised this one came up so late, it seems like Hostas are often some of the first plants up in the spring. I had just planted it last spring, however, and was afraid it might have rotted over the winter...luckily, this bad boy finally showed up.
Clematis recta purpurea
Ok, so I've seen the little nubbins of growth for a month or so, but these seem to take forever to finally decide to GROW!
Rodgersia podophylla 'Rotlaub'
I planted these last year and they grew huge leaves which looked great until, after a few weeks of hot, windy weather last summer, started to scorch and promptly retreated underground. I thought for sure they had croaked. Lo and behold, they are back! They are even beefier than last year and are growing rapidly. I'm not sure if I should transplant them to somewhere shadier (likely) or hope that they have a more established root system and with regular watering, they will be ok in their current spot. Honestly, with the hot winds my neighborhood gets during summer, I should probably play it safe and move them.
Veronicastrum virginicum 'Fascination'
I planted these lovely ladies last spring and they seemed to do pretty well...and the blooms were AMAZING. I sort of lump them with Eupatorium (being of similar size/habit) so figured they would be later in emerging...but I was still biting my fingernails. They finally are here...and I'm jazzed. If you've never seen them before, imagine a Veronica...but taller, slimmer and far more glamorous...basically, the Kate Moss of Veronicas. They bear these long, wispy candelabras of flowers and are amazing. They can be a bit slow to get established, but 'Fascination' is supposedly a little quicker to bulk up than most of the other hybrids. To top it all off...just look at that new foliage...what a kaleidoscopic mix of purples, pinks, oranges, reds, yellows and greens!
Rhus typhina 'Balitiger' (Tiger Eye Sumac)
I'm not sure why, but this little bush that's practically a weed for some people really doesn't like my garden...and that makes me WANT it to grow even more. I'm hoping last years strange grow/wilt/grow/wilt cycle will be broken and I will just get the "grow" part.
Luckily, I was reading Loree's blog over at Danger Garden a few weeks ago and saw here mention her Astilboides was just emerging...so I had hope mine wouldn't be far behind. Wouldn't you know it, the very next day I saw it's odd little head pop out of the ground.
Rheum palmatum tanguticum
I mentioned in a previous post how I was lamenting my Ornamental Rhubarb wasn't up yet, and while it was indeed a late riser, it's now joined by 2 additional buds coming up near the original crown...awesome!!!
Astrantia 'Abbey Road'
While my Astrantia major emerged in the first week of February, this hybrid didn't come up until almost a full 2 months later! I bought them late in the fall (as they were discounted 50% - in case you didn't know, I'm a sucker for a sale). I snatched up 5 of them and popped them right in the ground. 1 week later, we had our first freeze and they were toast. I was afraid, at the time, they might not have had enough time to settle in before the freeze. Luckily, since our cold weather typically only lasts a few days, I convinced myself that their were busy throughout our mild, wet winter putting out new roots and getting ready for spring. Then they didn't show up. A. major was up and running...but no sign from 'Abbey Road'. Finally, a few weeks ago, the first one appeared, and now they have all returned, to my sheer delight! I really, really hope they do well in this odd spot of the garden...I've been coveting these plants for years and would love to keep them happy...we'll see!
So, who does that leave, which plants STILL haven't shown their pretty little faces? Well, there are only a few...Salvia 'Purple Majesty', Rudbeckia triloba, and Agastache 'Blue Fortune'. How about all you out there...do you have something that you're waiting patiently (or impatiently for)...do you have something that always keeps you on the edge of your seat, thinking it didn't make it?