Crazy Calgary climate

nadia_(Canada)May 24, 2007

So of course two weeks ago I planted a begonia, a geranium, mint, 3 bleeding hearts and ten other flowering plants during the most recent "hot" spell in Calgary when the temps were around the early 20s mark.

Naturally, tonight, the forecast calls for upto 4 cm of snow. Much to the amusement (I am sure) of my neighbours, I ran out in my pjs and slippers to cover up the poor plants. After having run out of burlap and tarp, I had to resort to inverted Turkish coffee cups (they're just the right size for the small seedlings that were just beginning to sprout), and three large, plastic, transparent containers.

I was warned by a friend NOT to plant anything outside until after the last long weekend of May. Alas.

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glen3a(Winnipeg MB 3A)

Hopefully any damage to plants will be minimal. I read that most trees, shrubs and perennials tolerate those wet snowfalls but not sure about annuals.

As for planting things out on the Victoria day long weekend (last weekend), I guess it's a general guideline. Some years you may be okay planting sooner, other years in early June you can get a frost. I took holidays this week to plant things in the yard but haven't got many things planting due to the rain and cool temps. Theres a risk of frost tonight, but I'll just gather my planted pots together and cover them.

glen

    Bookmark   May 24, 2007 at 5:45PM
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aprilwine(z3 Alta)

Nadia, you may want to stock up on covering material for your plants which is not plastic. Plastic does not have much insulating value, although it does keep the weight of the wet snow off the plants. Fortunately this recent dump of wet snow did not include freezing temperatures.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2007 at 12:52PM
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