We don’t lose plants to winter all that often.  Well, I ought to say that we don’t lose shrubs and trees to winter that often, perennials are another matter.

This year, one juniper (go figure) is on life support, the hydrangeas only just made it, still not sure about the smoke bush on the tennis court, the roses…well…., they are All alive but beyond that.  The oddest one is a clematis.  Most of them are actually very happy, really happy in fact, including the one that shouldn’t be hardy here.  However, the volunteer fall clematis which grew like mad last year was killed down to six inches above the ground.  The other fall clematis, not six feet away, is just fine.  As is the one in another garden.  The only thing I can figure is that it essentially outgrew itself last year.  Plants are very odd.