- That’s the most disturbing thing about the map. You think you’ve got it bad, and then you see some other part of the country has it worse, much worse. I shudder to think what it looks like in those “exceptional” areas.
- Check out the 6-week and 12-week animations at the bottom of the page, and watch the drought expand and contract. Drought conditions along Lakes Ontario and Erie had just about disappeared by 31 August, and then returned worse than ever on 4 September.
- The map reflects a synthesis of several indicators and is meant to give the big picture. Just as with hardiness zones, your particular dot on the map may not be accurately represented.
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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