Winter is the ideal dream time for cold-climate gardeners, but it's also a perfect time to review good gardening practices and increase your gardening knowledge. For this Winter Review we'll examine frost heaving.
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joenesgarden: Lee, the snow/sleet did not last long here. The temperature warmed up and a few hours later most of the white stuff was gone. Other parts of CT did not fare as well. I'm sure you are enjoying much warmer weather in your more southern digs. Happy gardening.
Lee May: Oh, no! This has to be the end; nature can't keep doing this to you Nutmeggers. If I were still there, I'd be wishing hard for some relief, right along with you. In any case, Happy April, Joene.
joenesgarden: Kathy, It's definitely a late showing for all the spring bulbs. The cold really has a grip on the northeast, but the grip is loosening. I'm glad to hear your snow is melting. You are so right ... it can always be worse!
Kathy from Cold Climate Gardening: Last night we got 8 inches of snow! Of course it is already melting, and it's supposed to be in the 50s tomorrow, but my snowdrops haven't opened yet (up, but not open) and no crocus buds are showing. So, it could be worse!
joenesgarden: Laurrie, it is only the Tete-a-tetes my resident deer eat. After so many years of having them nibbled I'm finally getting ahead of the deer by protecting the early beauties so they can grow nibble-free.
Laurrie: I always shake my head at your daffodil eating deer! Apparently it's just the tete a tetes they go for, but the fact that deer eat any narcissi at all is strange. Such a misery of a spring we are having so far -- I'm glad to see the little nibs of green you have.
joenesgarden: Linnae, I've found cyclamen to be an easy indoor plant, and a constant bloomer since it came into my indoor garden in early February. Jean at Jean's Garden has grown cyclamen for many years and may offer some good tips for you ... check out her blog, too.