Another good source of information on cold climate gardening is the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Their online publications catalog is not organized for easy perusal, I’m afraid. Ornamental Grasses for Cold Climates is located under the Landscaping – Plant Selection. Roses for the North is under Flowers – Culture. It is probably better to use the search engine provided if you have a specific topic in mind, but it was easier to browse under their previous organization. Some of their more popular titles have free excerpts available for download, so it’s worth taking the time to see what they’ve got.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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