Exciting News for Cold Climate Balcony Gardeners!

I ventured out to sweep, vacuum and mop my garden this morning in preparation for a possible (whisper) spring and guess what I saw? Buds! Several of them bravely pushing out from the American Cranberry Viburnum trilobum ‘Bailey Compact’ that I planted in a pot in my balcony garden last spring.

I can’t believe it!

Yes, all the experts say choosing a perennial or shrub that is at least one zone lower than the one you live in should ensure the plant survives balcony heights, but I had my doubts. We live in such a harsh climate and this winter we had cold weather, high winds and lots of freezing and thawing. And we officially live in 2b while this viburnum is simply zone 2. I wasn’t sure if zone 2 to zone 2b counted as a full zone, but no matter what the numbers say, the proof is in the bud and I am one happy balcony gardener!

I apologize for the blurry photo-I must have been shaking with excitement-but you can still see at least two fat green buds to the right.

And it gets better. The Sweet Grass is also sending green spears skyward and some crocuses that I planted in a pot in the late fall have also hatched.

Sweet Grass Hierochloe odorata Zone 1

Crocuses on deck!

Oh, the possibilities this presents! Clearly a trip to the hardy perennial section of a few local nurseries is in order.