It happens to the best of us, it really does. We dig up a plant that we think is dead, not realizing that it's just a slow starter. We toss it in the compost, and go get another one, or decide we can't grow that particular plant.
OR, even worse we take it back to the nursery where we bought it, where it is determined that it ISN'T dead. In which case we take it back home and replant it, and it doesn't prosper, having been disrupted, or even dies for real this time.
There's been a lot of this happen this spring, and I've been hearing from nurseries whose staff are complaining about having living plants returned to them. So I'm here to address that on their behalf, and remind us all to be patient with plants. Here's a few of the usual suspects in our region. As always, late-waking plants vary with where you live and your hardiness zone.
Caryopteris, aka bluebeard or blue spirea: As a rule of thumb, the late-wakers are also usually shrubs or perennials that bloom later in the season. Caryopteris is a good example--it usually starts to bloom in mid August and goes on for weeks at a time. I currently don't have one, but when I quizzed people on my Bloomingwriter Facebook page, it was one of the plants mentioned.
I'm probably forgetting a few so I'll hand this over to you: what's always slow in your garden?