Revived, Resurrected, RenewedPosted: August 18, 2014
This past winter was one of the coldest we have had in awhile. It was hard to see many plants that have been growing for years in the Automatic Garden succumb to the cold temperatures. This is a patch of Fountain Plant (Russelia equisetiformis) that has never died back until this year.
The Sword Ferns have been a reliable plant reproducing to the point of needing to be thinned. But it could not take the cold either.
Just when you might think all is lost, nature does her tricks and revives the lost plants. The Fountain Plant is back, but not to the point of blooming yet. Hopefully, its red tubular flowers will come in time for fall migrations of hummingbirds and butterflies.
The Sword Fern renewed so vigorously that stray ferns had to be pulled. It is exhilarating to see plants that were thought to be lost resurrected.