Despite the weather it's a luxary to live in Upstate NY
As you know we Upstater's have some of the most beautiful and unusual weather phenomena in the country. What happens in Central New York ala Lake Effect according to Channel 9's Dave Eichorn happens in only one other part of the world. Believe it or not according to him, it's the Northern Coast of Japan. It's because the Sea of Japan simulates the same effects as we get here from Lake Ontario.
So what happens in Syracuse or Fulton and Oswego (where it seems many of the more notable weatherman go to school) or at Tug Hill doesn't happen in Alpina Mich or anywhere's else in the whole of the contiguous USofA.
So I'm hope some of you upstate CNY experts can help with these 3 questions? Coming from a novice flower gardener.
(1) With several days of tropical and LE rain in the forecast it looks as though digging up my Dahlia tubers this year is going to be a slow process. (This is my 4th year.)
I decided to start yesterday before the rain came as the smaller plants are beginning to look a bit ragged around the edges, and then of course I had to stop because of the rain. I normally do all of the digging and washing of the tubers in one or two days. Then I use the method of boxing and peat moss storage.
But I'd like to get all of my Dahlias up and sorted before I begin that process.
My question is? Can I safely leave my tubers in the garage on newspaper for several days without harm. It doesn't appear as though we'll see the 80's again and if we get passed the high 50's we'll probably be lucky.
(2) I live in Minoa, does anyone know if its in zone 4a/b or 5b. My brother from Binghamton says we are in zone 4. I always thought it was 5a.
Whereas, this is the first year that I've tried Crocosmia. Should I dig or mulch the bulbs? If either/or when is the best time?
(3) I have Pink Oxalis, should I leave those corms or should I dig and store also?
Thanks in advance.
I'm really happy, as I'm sure there are others who can depend on the Upstate Forum members for so many answers to questions that arise, because we do live in such a unique area.
So it's time to count our blessings for the wonderful long and then seemingly fastest growing season we've experienced this year. It's to bad it has to end.