– Posted in: What's up/blooming

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.

About the Author

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.

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.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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