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If you think you live in a cold climate, you should live here. We are at least 2 weeks behind our usual temp. My late tulips are still in bloom, and irises are just beginning to open, with peonies in tight bud. Last night it was in the 40’s.
We are also 4 inches above normal rainfall. This has had an unfortunate effect on my tomatoes in their walls o’ water: not the cold, but the moisture. Too wet.
This has all put me very much behind in the planting I do in my business and with our short season getting the hundreds of annuals in and the planters planted is of prime imprtance. We had frost the first week in June.

One advantage of all this is that we have had few wildfires, which, in a dry spring, are abundant here in the Upper Peninsula ( of Michigan) where we have a lot of forest. However, we don’t have much hail, and have no earthquakes, very few tornadoes and no hurricanes any year. We do have lots of snow, but it is well used in all kinds of sports and it insulates the plants for the winter!
We so have quick changes in temperature. A couple of weeks ago it was up to 90 for two days, and the next day was in the 40’s. Wind direction! Plants have to be tough along with the people.

At my back door I have a white lilac and Miss Kim lilac blloming. what a nice combination.

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USDA Hardiness Zone: work in 3-5 Location: Home:small urban: work:homes and businesses Geographic type: hills, rocky outcroppings Soil type: gravelly soil – sand – sandy loam – silt – clay Experience level: professional 16 years Particular interests: design using perennials, annuals, shrubs and rock.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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