...are slowly springing into action. It always seem like it takes forever for things to really get going here. This is in part due to my proximity to the ocean. On days we get an onshore breeze, the temps can be 10 deg or more cooler than inland.
Chicago Hardy Fig: Protected with 5-6 inch layer of salt marsh hay. Dieback to within 1-1.5 ft of the base, this is pretty typical for me with this Fig. It was around 8ft tall at the end of last summer, but the majority of the upright growth probably didn't have time to harden off sufficiently before winter. Unfortunately, I hardly ever get any figs from this tree. No figs in the four years since I planted it outside and only 2-3 figs in 4-5 years I had it in a container.
Brown Turkey Fig: Protected with a 5-6 inch layer of salt marsh hay, first winter outside. I'm surprised at how well this did in its first winter... only around 40% dieback and some of the branches show no dieback at all. Overall this tree was much shorter than the Chicago Hardy with significantly less growth that had not hardened off.
Surh-Anor pomegranate: Protected with a burlap wrap, first winter outside. Overall, I'm quite impressed. Minor dieback with the smallest twigs.
Salavatski/Russan #8: (No picture) Protected with burlap wrap, second winter outside. This pomegranate is much larger, it was 6-6.5 ft at the end of last season. Currently new growth is visible up to 4.5-5 ft above ground.
Agat: Protected with burlap wrap, first winter outside. Near complete dieback, new growth from just above the soil line. From the internet, this one was not supposed to be quite as hardy as either the Salavatski or Surh-Anor, my observations are in line with this assessment.