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Warm winter

I live in Massachusetts. In the beginning of the winter it was warm (all the perennials were growing) and then mid-January it turned very cold and snowy. It is now warming again. What will happen to all of the plants and buds we saw in January?
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It has indeed been a baffling winter. The perennials will recover for the most part and get into their stride with new growth once the weather settles. Some plants that were set out late in the fall may not make it, as they don't have an established root syetem, but for the most part there is no reason to worry. Next winter apply a winter mulch of evergreen boughs as soon as the ground freezes to mitigate the effects of thawing and refreezing.  

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