Here in Southern Ontario we have had a mild dry winter. Only had to shovel twice (tractor needs a doctor) and not too much even then,
So warmer then usual and very little snow cover. Ground temperatures (5-6" below ground) has been much colder then usual because of no snow cover. Even so, we still have snow cover even after several days of temp in 1-14C (48-60F).
Will not know how plants haave surrived winter for some time yet.
Global warming results in strange weather patterns, not universal warming in all climate areas. So we can all more strange wether patterns.
From: J. Griffin Crump <email@example.com>
Sent: Wed, Mar 10, 2010 3:43 pm
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] OT: weather or not
Thanks to each of you who has responded. It's
instructive to learn what is happening around the country. And, as Janet
points out, our iris is a hardy critter. -- Griff
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Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 1:37
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] OT: weather or
Coarsegold, 3000 foot elevation had 2 inches of snow Monday night, 2 more
last night and COLD!
Can not even imagine (being a Californian) 2 feet for days.
Great thing about Irises, they don't care.
Years ago an old house near us was used for the fire department
training. Irises were never removed and they practice burned the house
down. Days later I rescued the irises and they boomed that spring.
Out of the dismal will be lovely flowers to enjoy. Glad you are
From: Michael Sutton
Sent: Wed, March 10, 2010 10:29:28
Subject: Re: [iris-photos]
OT: weather or not
had some snow flakes here this morning
Griff....but nothing like that. we are having one of the coldest early
springs on record. so much for "global warming"
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Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 10:05
Subject: [iris-photos] OT: weather or
One of our group, in a separate correspondence,
asked how things are going in my iris world. The answer is that we
have had a record cold winter here, with two 2-foot snow falls. The
first brought two of my neighbor's 45-50-ft tall Leland cypresses down on my
house and iris beds. The second brought down five more. (You can
see some of the remaining trees standing behind my house in the second
photo.) While the worst damage to the house appears to be a broken
window and some eaves knocked loose, a tool shed also collapsed, along with
a broken fence, a semi-destroyed pretty dogwood, and the extent of
damage to individual plants as yet unknown. Oil lamps,
candelabras and the fireplace saved the day when power went out.
(Remember that when you hear the greenies inveigh against fireplaces.)
A young neighbor went up on the roof and removed the heavy snow from my
chimney cap, so the flu would operate. My son and a daughter each live
about an hour's drive away (when the roads are clear). It took Nate 3
days, working with a snow blower, to clear his long driveway. Laura
and her husband, at the end of a tiny side street, were marooned
in their home for 8 days. On the morning of the eighth, her drive
finally having been cleared the evening before, Laura headed for work, only
to find that a snow plow had buried the entrance to their
As for the irises as a whole, the long
deprivation of sunlight and prolonged freezing temperatures has had a
significant retarding effect. In an ordinary year, I would by now have
the plants groomed, fed and sprayed, and be looking forward to the MDBs
popping out in a couple of weeks. This year, the plants as yet show no
sign of new growth, hence are not yet able to be groomed.
To give you an idea of
how abnormal things are, I've attached, besides a couple of
snow-buried beds and downed-trees shots, a photo of markers sunk into
the soil to their labels by the weight of the (finally melted) snow.
These are 15" rose markers, which usually stand 9 or 10 inches tall.
In an ordinary freeze-thaw- freeze-thaw winter here, the problem would be
markers out of the ground and toppled over, but this time, it's the
reverse. So, it's going to be an interesting spring. --