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Re: zones

We're in Brooklyn, zone 6b, a 5 minute walk to the beach. So diffferent from
Westchester's 5, the Catskills zone 4 and the Long Island Sound at zone 7.
In the past 4 or 5 years, the winters were so warm that I was thinking that
it's probably safe to assume that we'll be bumped to zone 7. I was in the
midst of planning all the new plants that I could have if our winters
remained so warm...but no cigar...this winter is bitterly cold thus far.
It's so cold that I'm really concerned for the passiflora incarnata, and
some of the miniature roses that I planted over the summer of 2002!  I have
these lovely glass lanterns that I used to keep in the garden year round, it
got so cold (down to the single digits last night), that one of them
shatered and fell apart into thousands of tiny pieces...

I can't wait for the spring!

Brooklyn, NYC 6b

----- Original Message -----
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, January 19, 2003 6:29 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT]zones

> In a message dated 01/19/2003 6:24:09 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> chris@widom-assoc.com writes:
> > Hi Godi,
> >
> > I believe that can be explained by the fact that I live on the Long
> > Island Sound which moderates the temperatures on the shores of LI.  On
> > the USDA Plant hardiness Map you can see how Long Island is a different
> > zone than the rest of the state.  LI is the states largest grower of
> > ornamental plants (with NYS being 6th in the nation).
> >
>  The Sound makes the big difference.  We are only about 50 miles north of
> Long Island, in Westchester County, but a solid zone 5.  Towns in the
> southern part of the county along the Sound can grow things that we can't
> even think of here.  They are at least zone 6, if not 7.  But we are less
> than 10 miles inland from the Hudson River, and at a fairly steep
> My daughter-in-law used to live right down on the river, and her garden
> at least two weeks ahead of mine in the spring.  Nearness to the water and
> elevation both make a difference.  Auralie
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