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Ode to Winter

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Thanks to the Suzuki FNDN.

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OMG!  I ‘slept in’ until 7AM and awoke to an entirely altered landscape!
Yesterday [and for several days prior] the grass was green and I’ve been out-and-a-bOTE

[the Scots says ‘a-bOOt’; NOT Canucks]

in running shoes.
Now all the branches are COATED in white; everything is white.

What an amazing transformation!
Even winter-haters like me must admit to its loveliness!

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Tonight Partly cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Wind west 20 km/h. Low minus 20. Wind chill minus 30.

 

Sun, 7 Jan Mainly cloudy. Periods of light snow beginning late in the afternoon. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 increasing to 40 gusting to 60 in the afternoon. High minus 4. Wind chill minus 28 in the morning. UV index 4 or moderate.Night

Periods of snow and local blowing snow. Amount 2 cm. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60. Temperature rising to minus 1 by morning.

 

Then it’s OVER ZERO (+5C) ’til Thursday…

n.b. chart format lost w/ visual addition of a single space.

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Alerts for: Niagara

Statements

Wednesday  2018-January-03 2:21 PM EST
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
  • St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region

Cold snap from late Thursday through Saturday.

A bitterly cold northwesterly flow will develop over southern Ontario Thursday. Extreme cold warning criteria of minus 30 is expected to be met in many places Thursday night into Friday and again Friday night into Saturday.

The cold snap will end by Sunday as a southwesterly flow develops.

I hate winter.

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Thanks to LST fb 2017

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Fall Garden Mums. Hardy or No?

Mum plants are a symbol of fall, with their domes of rich, jewel-tone colors. Mums pop up in gardens centers late in the season and are ubiquitous in fall gardens. To tempt gardeners to purchase these late season bloomers, they are often sold in full bloom. While it is nice to have instant color and even nicer to know exactly what color we are getting, buying flowers in full bloom can mean they are past peak and already declining.

That’s fine, if all you want is a seasonal decoration, but not good if you are hoping for a “hardy” perennial plant.

Why Hardy Mums Don’t Live Through Winter

For mums to be truly hardy, they need time to become established in the ground. Ideally, they are best planted in the spring and allowed to grow in place all season. Unfortunately, the mums for sale in garden centers in the fall have been coddled in nurseries and coaxed to set buds for September blooms. That means they are putting an awful lot of energy into blooming, not growing roots. Planting these out in the garden in late summer or early fall doesn’t guarantee sufficient time for the plants to become established. This is not a problem in warmer climates, where a bit of deadheading will satisfy most mums after bloom, but in areas with sub-zero winters, perennial plants need substantial roots to anchor them into the ground. The repeated freezing and thawing of the soil will heave the plant out of the ground and kill the roots.

How to Protect Fall Planted Mums During Winter

For fall planted mums to have a better chance of survival  in cold areas, you need to give the roots and crown of the plants a little extra protection. First, leave the foliage on the plants until spring. Don’t prune them back after frost has turned them brown.

Then, either mulch the plants heavily or dig, pot and move the plants to a more protected spot in the garden for the winter. If you choose to move the plants, do so before the first hard freeze.

How to Make Sure Your Mums Bloom in Fall

Spring planted mums will have plenty of time for root growth. Many gardeners are surprised that their garden mums start to bloom in mid- to late summer. If you want fall flowers on your mums, you’ll need to pinch the plants back periodically throughout the summer. Start when the plants are about 4-5″ tall and repeat every 2-3 weeks until about mid-July. This will cause the plant to get stocky and bushier and by late summer, it should be covered with flower buds.

Spring planted mums should over-winter reliably in USDA Zones 5 and above, maybe even Zone 4. As with fall planted mums, don’t cut them back until spring and provide some extra winter mulch, to prevent heaving. Established plants shouldn’t be fed after July, so new growth isn’t injured by frost.

Of course, you can always grow mums as annuals. They do provide wonderful fall color and work great at filling in empty spots where summer bloomers have faded. Look for plants with lots of unopened buds, to have blooms well into the fall season.

https://www.thespruce.com/fall-garden-mums-hardy-or-no-1402718

 

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