Posted: 02/05/2012 at 19:05
Wow, Obelixx, I knew it was cold where you are, but that's awesome.
I was sure my bay trees were goners until yesterday. Practically every leaf was brown, most had fallen off. I started cutting them back, and when I got half way down I noticed that the bark was juicy inside, but not a sign of a bud anywhere. And then I saw two little red dots an inch above ground level on one of them. So there is still hope.
My campsis radicans Indian summer looked dead, but yesterday I saw a couple of shoots at ground level.
And as for the rule that ceanothus don't break from old wood, I have one that looks dead as a doornail, but just noticed several small green shoots breaking from the main stem at the base, and it's about two inches thick.