Can you help?

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Just received an email from a woman who’s just moved to Manitoba. Is there anyone out there with experience gardening in a really cold climate that can help her? Post your answer in the comments.

“I have just moved to The Pas, Manitoba (Zone 1B) from southern Ontario (Zone 5B). I am looking to correspond with other northern gardeners to find out what kinds of perennials grow in this cold a climate. I may be able to get away with some Zone 2 or even very hardy Zone 3 plants. I’ve been walking around town and although I recognize some things, there are several other that look very pretty but I don’t know what they are. I am not forward enough to ring someone’s doorbell and ask.

Thanks for any help you can give.

Marion Jenkins”

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

What differentiates a bulb from a perennial plant is that the nourishment for the flower is stored within the bulb itself.…There is something miraculous about the way that a little grenade of dried up tissue can explode into a complete flower.

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener pp. 142

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Rose Gardening September 4, 2004, 5:55 pm

There is a very interesting book on cold climate gardening.
I looked it up and found it at:
Hope this helps!

Marion September 2, 2004, 11:19 pm

Thanks, Jenn and Kathy, I looked at the site and it’s really interesting. I’ve bookemarked it with a number of other sites. My task this fall, if it ever stops raining long enough, is to clean out the flower beds as much as possible and figure out just what is in there among all the dandelions and quack grass. So far, I’ve found asparagus (well that wasn’t too hard since it’s shoulder height), day lilies, iris, an anemone (I think), dephiniums, mint, white geranium, and rhubarb. I also think there is an astilbe and something that looks suspiciously like St. John’s Wort although I didn’t think it grew this far north. Sorry, I’m not so good on the Latin names for things.

Kathy September 2, 2004, 10:08 pm

I wrote up an entry on the Renegade Gardener quite a while back, but I forgot all about him when Marion emailed me. I wonder when he’s going to get around to providing an RSS feed? Yes, Marion, definitely check him out.

jenn September 2, 2004, 9:50 pm

This may also be of some use:

The Renegade Gardener

Self proclaimed as: “RENEGADE GARDENER is the Web’s best site for gardeners living in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, and other states and Canadian Provinces banished to the forgotten USDA Hardiness Zones 2 through 4.”

Marion Jenkins August 31, 2004, 6:18 pm

Thanks Chris, this is what I am looking for. I will check it out.


Kathy August 31, 2004, 5:46 pm

Glad to hear from you, Chris, and to learn of another website that helps cold climate gardeners. Thanks for providing that link.

Christopher Barown August 31, 2004, 2:17 pm

I found this on the web… I hope it is helpful.