Deep in snow

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Up here in the U.P. we are still deep in snow, about 2-3 feet of it in my back yard. My windows are filled with plants – geraniums, aparagas ferns that were removed from planters and starts that need planting. Under lights in the basement are any number of ivy plants, also taken from client planters and being carried over. I have any number of babies from those, some still in water.
Last fall I had a bit of a puzzle – had ordered lilies bulbs and iris rhizomes for a client and then, the area that they were to be planted in did not get prepared before snow (required heavier equipment than I work with) so I’ve experimented. I planted the bulbs in indiviual paper pots and kept themin my 45 degree basement for a few months, then out on my glassed in porch that freezes and then dug a hole in the snow and put them down there. Hopefully I will have viable bulbs in the spring. In the ground they would have frozen anyway. I did the same with 3 pots of irises. Two pots had dried out so they have been watered and kept in my very cool back stariway, and are now sprouting. I may do the same with them or I may just wait until spring is really here. I’ll let you know how this all turns out. By the way, these were all from Von Bourgondien, and in good condition. Temperature wise, we will be in the teens for highs the rest of the week. My grown children, those who are mushers, are happy!

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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.

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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