In all fairness to Burpee, I received those seeds from them the day after I said I hadn’t but still several days after Park. They are all (the tomatoes) planted now with the Early Girl up and growing. About roses: in Mich.U.P. I am pretty leery about planting hybrid teas, too, going for shrub roses or climbers that are hardy at least to zone 4. Jung’s has a number of zone 3 and 4 roses listed. John Cabot and William Baffin are zone3 climbers that are hardy left on the trellis. They list some teas that are on their own rootstock. I wonder how those would work up here? I have a zone 3 client who wants to grow roses as she did in downstate zone 5 Michigan.
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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