Spring weather may mean trouble

shootingstar2(zone 3/4)January 8, 2008

I took a quick walk through the garden last night when I got home from work. I had been feeling optimistic about this year as we had very good snow cover from late Nov. on. I noticed however that pretty much all the snow has melted off along the east side of the house. John Davis and Felix LeClerc are budding already and it's only Jan 8th. If it gets cold again, and I am sure it will..... I am pretty sure these guys are going to be hit hard. Also noticed green dandilion leaves trying to poke through... jeesh, shouldn't have to think about weeding in January.

Anyone else have things breaking dormancy already??

cathy

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Pudge 2b

No, nothing like that going on here. The snow receded slightly with the last warm spell, but nothing like what you're talking about.

The snow we have, probably around 8", is very dry and fluffy - very little moisture in it and it won't take much to melt it all off. We had bitter cold and no snow in early November, so I'm expecting some losses this season.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2008 at 12:33PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Nothing like that here either. We've had some melting but that just means an inch less of snow - everything is still covered. You should maybe shovel some snow on to your roses or try to protect them otherwise.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2008 at 3:16PM
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CrazyDaisy_68

Nothing like that here either... just glad to not be in the "deep freeze"!

Ang

    Bookmark   January 8, 2008 at 9:06PM
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glen3a(Winnipeg MB 3A)

Nothing breaking dormancy here either. Really just one day at +5 but it wasn't all that sunny.

I think in general though, snow seems to lose some of it's insulating properties the older it gets, especially if mild weather hits and it develops that hard top to it. Even if it stays cold the drifts seem to sink a bit after a while, I assume from the weight. Still, it must still be able to protect plants somewhat.

I find the side of the house always seems to melt first. In fact, even when it's fairly cold out the snow touching the side of the concrete foundation seems to slowly melt and leave an air gap. I usually just keep finding new fluffy snow and piling it on.

As much as I hate driving in snow or on snowy roads, hopefully we'll have snow new stuff before any cold snap should hit (or, just cancel the annual cold snap and declare us zone 5).

Glen

    Bookmark   January 8, 2008 at 10:27PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

"or, just cancel the annual cold snap and declare us zone 5"

Definitely the option i'd consider! LOL

    Bookmark   January 9, 2008 at 10:42AM
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shootingstar2(zone 3/4)

I'll add my vote, no cold snap and zone 5 would be delightful.

Can you imagine all the beautiful things we would be able to grow that we have never been able to have.....

honest to goodness climbers & ramblers
hydrangeas

oh don't get me started.....lol

cathy

    Bookmark   January 9, 2008 at 10:53AM
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