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D24-Apr-02 10:44 PM EST 3   
Alnoro25-Apr-02 12:03 AM EST 8   
Brenda25-Apr-02 12:47 AM EST 5   
Susan25-Apr-02 07:31 AM EST 6a   
Lee25-Apr-02 07:57 AM EST 5a   
Mort25-Apr-02 02:40 PM EST 3   
LEH25-Apr-02 03:59 PM EST 2b   
JoanneS25-Apr-02 04:13 PM EST 3a   
Mort26-Apr-02 03:17 PM EST 3a   
glen26-Apr-02 03:40 PM EST 3   
Dan28-Apr-02 10:42 AM EST   
JoanneS29-Apr-02 12:15 PM EST 3a   
Mort02-May-02 02:22 PM EST 3a   
02-May-02 03:30 PM EST   
Susan02-May-02 04:20 PM EST 6a   
Carol02-May-02 05:12 PM EST 5a   
Bob Ewing02-May-02 05:37 PM EST 3   
Arne03-May-02 01:03 AM EST 8   
Betty03-May-02 05:35 AM EST 5a   
Olivia03-May-02 09:50 PM EST 6   


Subject: spring...?
From: D (dlh_c@yahoo.com)
Zone: 3
Date: 24-Apr-02 10:44 PM EST

Is it spring yet?

Other Edmonton gardeners know what I mean. One day the kids are wearing shrots, the next we have a foot of snow. Then wind storms. What next? Anyone else frustrated and chomping at the bit? Was at the Muttart last week, that helped. What alovely place that is, all blooming and warm.

Is it spring yet...?


Subject: RE: spring...?
From: Alnoro (alnoro@shaw.ca)
Zone: 8
Date: 25-Apr-02 12:03 AM EST

Hi From Lotus Land. We can usually brag about our early weather. But even here Spring is late. We've had some nice days (12-16) but mostly 10ish. Were still getting FROST !! The blossoms, Daffodils and Tulips were really late and the majority of Tulips still haven't flowered. I think it's just a late year all round. Maybe if were lucky it will be worth waiting for. May the bird of spring land on us soon .


Subject: RE: spring...?
From: Brenda (jacobmycat@yahoo.ca)
Zone: 5
Date: 25-Apr-02 12:47 AM EST

Can never quite get whether I'm a 5a or 5b. Anyhow I'm in beautiful Barrie, Ont. Spring is finally here. Noticed on my way home tonight the buds have formed on lots of trees, especially shrubs. We, too, are still having morning frost. Rooftops were all white this morning. We were in shorts last week and air conditioners were humming, then it snowed all day Monday. OMG!!

We are in a brand new house and still are waiting for our final grading and then sod. I am so anxious to get out there and start gardening. Have been reading this site regularly and picking up lots of tips. Also read tons of books this winter. Have mapped out my property and have noted the sun/shade areas. I know I won't have the time or the money to 'do it all' this year. Plan to have friends over for a housewarming and am going to ask them to bring me something from their garden so I can plant it in mine!

Thought I would like to get some rhubarb growing and some flowering shrubs.

Any other thoughts or ideas out there? Also can you help with what zone I'm in?

Thanks, Brenda


Subject: RE: spring...?
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 25-Apr-02 07:31 AM EST

Brenda - Barrie looks like 5a on the zone map.... Getting people to bring plants to a house-warming is a great idea! (...so are flowering shrubs and rhubarb!) If you've got any deciduous trees on your property, you'll have to reassess your sun/shade areas once they leaf out. My yard looks sunny now but when my mature ash and juvenile oak leaf out, I have very little sun in the backyard at all....

On the subject of late spring, it sounds like we're all suffering from that - just like the country-wide drought last year - I wonder if it is related somehow? At least here it's warm enough to work otside (with a ski-jacket on most days! - other than during the taste of tropics we had last week....) I think I'd be really going nuts if I was in Edmonton! You northern gardeners sure have to be a tough breed!


Subject: RE: spring...?
From: Lee
Zone: 5a
Date: 25-Apr-02 07:57 AM EST

Hi I am also from Barrie, Ont. and we are a zone 5a. Have been in new house for 3 years and still putting in gardens. My husband thinks I am obsessed about gardening. Really just enjoying working outside in garden. Have found that anything sold at the greenhouses can grow in our area. The people at Bradford Greenhouse and White Rose in Barrie are very helpfull as to when to plant and what. Try to plan out your gardens before they lay the sod as it is a problem getting rid of if you have a lot of it. You put it out on garden waste day in appropiate containers. If you have any other questions you can reach me at my e-mail address .


Subject: RE: spring...?
From: Mort
Zone: 3
Date: 25-Apr-02 02:40 PM EST

Hi D..... another Edmonton area gardener here. NO SPRING HAS NOT COME!!! April 25 and a high of +4...a low predicted for -8. This is incredible!! Our local greenhouse opening is this Sunday. I feel sorry for them. It is supposed to go back into the minus temps as highs next week. *sigh*


Subject: RE: spring...?
From: LEH
Zone: 2b
Date: 25-Apr-02 03:59 PM EST

Hi D. I hear you, I'm about two hours east of you.

Brenda, you might want to use some fast growing perennials to fill in the open spots until the slower shrubs catch up. Or try a wave petunia to cover space quickly. Enjoy the new space.

Elnoro, maybe we should start a new fad and trade yards for a week every year so I could get a taste of that lotus land!!!

Enjoy the spring.


Subject: RE: spring...?
From: JoanneS (jstraayer@specialty.ab.ca)
Zone: 3a
Date: 25-Apr-02 04:13 PM EST

Edmonton here too. I had daffodils coming up in February. Then winter finally arrived. All the snow has been great because we were very concerned about the lack of moisture the last few years. Still not out of the woods drought-wise, but better. Our long range forecast says tomorrow we could get more snow. The warmest day will be Sunday with a high of 8. Even my 6-year old, hockey mad son said this morning "no more snow".

Went to the annual Snow Goose Festival this weekend out in Tofield. Even the geese are taking their time. Very few song birds, but lots of birds of prey - even a short-eared owl. Waterfowl and shore birds had just come in the night before.

Please someone - send heat!


Subject: RE: spring...?
From: Mort
Zone: 3a
Date: 26-Apr-02 03:17 PM EST

Whaaaaaa.......woke up to a fresh 6 inch blanket of snow this morning. We are 20 min N of Bon Accord...or 40 min N of Edmonton limits. This is now getting truly depressing!!! *sigh*


Subject: RE: spring...?
From: glen
Zone: 3
Date: 26-Apr-02 03:40 PM EST

The Land That Spring Forgot? Here in Manitoba we never got as much snow as AB, only a centimeter or so overnight and it did melt but it’s been cold and windy. Last night –11C, breaking a previous record of –8. Not much is growing, only tulips sprouting through. Last year at this time I remember my trees leafing out, I remember that as it was beautiful out and I was worried about hard frosts. Today it's +3 which is more like what the overnight low should be this time of year. It’s gotten so I forget what the weather should be like at the end of April. I was at w-lmart at lunch and see they have got a few junipers in their garden center, however.


Subject: RE: spring...?
From: Dan
Zone:
Date: 28-Apr-02 10:42 AM EST

Canada, eh!? I'm from Trenton, Ontario, zone 5a/b and about a 2 minute drive from 3b which means our weather fluctuates a lot. In our area, the 50% chance of a killing frost is May 5. Like everyone else we were teased with a full week of +24C weather. All of the magnolias came in to full bloom. We have just had a week of subzero evening temperatures, with the nursery thermometer reaching -6C. Nothing but sodden brown lumps of OM where the mag blossoms were. JoanneS, if you want heat, come to our hoop houses, the propane heaters are running all night!


Subject: RE: spring...?
From: JoanneS (jstraayer@specialty.ab.ca)
Zone: 3a
Date: 29-Apr-02 12:15 PM EST

Friday morning, the 26th, I looked out my window and saw more snow. Aaaaaaaahhh! I told the children to go back to bed, because it was just too much to ask of any human being to function with such cold at the end of April. After a few very incredulous "really"s, they both climbed in bed with me and we watched cartoons until 11:30 and then finally got out of bed for lunch.

Still not out ot the woods as this week's forecast calls for snow on Wednesday.


Subject: RE: spring...?
From: Mort
Zone: 3a
Date: 02-May-02 02:22 PM EST

Yahoooo...Thurs. May 2... received our $100 bulb order yesterday. Today is supposed to +15... tonite..-9.... and the weekend a lovely, balmy +4 to +6!!! **sigh** It is now QUITE DEPRESSING!!!!


Subject: RE: spring...?
From:
Zone:
Date: 02-May-02 03:30 PM EST

I enjoy gardening because it gets you outdoors in all kinds of weather. Yes, sunny temperate weather is nice and uplifting but if you live in Canada that only happens for a few weeks each year. Either it's too hot or too cold or too wet. Everyone complains about the weather but no one has done anything about it! And if you let a smile be your umbrella, you'll end up with a mouthfull of rain.


Subject: RE: spring...?
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 02-May-02 04:20 PM EST

Mort - at least my weather is a bit warmer than yours but it's still lousy, cold and miserable. It is indeed seriously depressing at this point...!

As for a mouthful of rain, I know that one too! I got desperate on Tuesday and started planting my new bed with some well hardened-off seedlings. Tuesday was sunny, heavy rain showers and strong northwest winds, alternating every 15 minutes or so. I got lots of rain down my neck (and everywhere else too!) and got thoroughly chilled. Yesterday mid-morning was sunny and reasonably warm (~13 degrees) so I got the bed completely planted. Last night was heavy rain; today is chilly and tonight there's a chance of wet flurries. Now both my plants and I are in desperate need of sunshine and warmth! Maybe by Sunday according to the forecast but I'll believe that when I see/feel it!


Subject: RE: spring...?
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 02-May-02 05:12 PM EST

Look at it this way - if it was sunny and warm every day, we wouldn't appreciate it (though, I'd like the chance to try!). I'm starting to look at the weather forecasts as a source of entertainment! Anyway, this cool weather is great for the heavy work of garden renovations, in which I'm knee deep...when it isn't raining! At least I don't have to worry about watering in my new transplants. Hoping for brighter days ahead...


Subject: RE: spring...?
From: Bob Ewing
Zone: 3
Date: 02-May-02 05:37 PM EST

Spring, not yet. It snowed last night, here in Thunder Bay, Ontario, not much, but still. Even today a few flakes were falling. The Sun is warm but the wind still holds Winter and the temperature drops fast when it blows.


Subject: RE: spring...?
From: Arne
Zone: 8
Date: 03-May-02 01:03 AM EST

I am totally sorry for the weather you are all having...guess he best thing is to move here. Vancouver Island is warm,sunny and spring has sprung. Cherry trees are in full bloom, grass needs cutting,garden is all but in,flower beds have been dewinterized and new plants have been planted to replace ones that did not fair well during last years trials. All in all I would say it is a good start to a new gardening year. Now after all this work I have come to the conclusion...Vancouver Island is indeed "GOD'S COUNTRY". Sorry to be so cruel as I did live in St.Albert for twelve long dreary snow covered years and can honestly say I do know what you are going through. I hope this does not rub salt in anyone's chapped hands but the devil made me do it. Truthfuly I hope everyone has a great spring when it does finally arrive to your part of the country. Happy gardening and on to new adventrues with plants.


Subject: RE: spring...?
From: Betty
Zone: 5a
Date: 03-May-02 05:35 AM EST

But think what you are missing. Anticipation is always better than the real thing. Remember waiting for Christmas when you were a child? Here in Nova Scotia we have had spring arrive 2 or 3 times since February. True, it has not lasted for more than a day each time, but all that moisture is needed. Too early for annuals anyway, and the perennials I have moved, the trees I have planted, will surely be the better for the weather we have been having. Being a gardener, I have learned that Mother Nature always wins, and I just have to trust that she does know what she is doing. In this case, she is just raising the much-deleted water tables. Betty


Subject: RE: spring...?
From: Olivia
Zone: 6
Date: 03-May-02 09:50 PM EST

Love the idea of a house warming party and receiving planting material to make it complete. Just do yourself one favour and ask your guests for a little information to go with the plants or shrubs they bring. You would not want to get a really invasive plant (ie Chinese lanterns, bishop weed or something like that) and have it take over what should be fresh new garden beds. Best of luck.


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