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Melting snowbanks reveal mass destruction

gimlis1mum | Mar 22, 2015 05:29 PM

I am eager for spring, but my heart is breaking as the snowbanks finally melt and reveal the damage to my garden (I'm near Boston). I put in a lot of small shrubs and fruit trees 3-5 years ago and many of them are just flattened.

My poor crabapple, planted as a pollinator for a Lodi apple, has just one branch left - the main stem. I'm hoping it can pull through. Almost all the branches are broken off of two small quince shrubs that were just reaching the age of fruiting. (The quince tree seems to be OK, though).

The blueberries seem to have fared better, though not all of the snow is melted in their part of the garden. I'm a little mystified why some of the shrubby things held up better than others. Those poor quinces were under a mountain of snow, though.

How is your garden looking after this endless winter?

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