We've been officially moved up to zone 6 here in my part of Northeast Ohio, but I've been pushing my zone boundaries for years now. I grow agastache, a few marginally hardy penstemons, and eucomis with relative ease (knock on wood)--which is partially due to my very well-draining soil.
And yet, in all the time I've been gardening here, I have never been able to successfully overwinter marjoram. Until now:
Any other year, I would be super excited about this. But this year... this year, the marjoram has been eclipsed by something even more miraculous:
Yup, those are baby leaves sprouting up from my bay laurel plant! According to the page on laurus nobilis on Davesgarden, bay laurel is hardy to zone 8a, or 10 degrees Farenheit. Zone 8! I kept forgetting to dig it back up last year after its disappointing summer in the ground, and almost yanked the whole plant up this spring before I noticed the new leaves.
I'm especially glad to see this, because I was very disappointed in this plant last year. I had read that planting bay laurel in the ground would give you many more leaves and a better plant to dig up and overwinter... and this guy barely exceeded its size at purchase by the end of the fall. Maybe this head start will give me plenty of bay leaves to harves this year? I really hope so, because store-bought bay leaves just don't have the same flavor that fresh or self-dried leaves have!
Anyone else have some miraculous overwinterings this year?