In all but the warmest planting zones, many summer and fall flowering bulbs will not survive a cold winter. These “tender bulbs” can’t handle the cold and need to be dug up, stored, and protected in colder climates. With a little practice, this can be done fairly easily and allows you to grow all sorts of plants that otherwise might not be winter hardy in your area.
I think it’s very timely that the cold weather is accompanied by a holiday of warmth, coziness and giving thanks. I’m very thankful this year for the opportunity to share ideas and thoughts with you through Around the Yard. I have appreciated your comments and insights so much, and I look forward to hearing more from you! Thanks for reading, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Danny and I have just recently returned from the 2008 GreenBuild show that was in Boston. It’s always encouraging to see more builders and remodelers grasping the green concept in their business, and there are certainly more offerings to choose from, too. Everything from drywall to ceiling fans to solar-tracking skylights.
One of the many things on my plate this fall is a renovation of an investment property in a quaint mountain town a couple of hours away. Houses have a life and energy of their own, and this one had been bringing down the cul-de-sac for years. What’s been really incredible, though, is to see the renewal of energy in the neighborhood as result of our work on this house.
There’s nothing more disappointing to a gardener than planting the perfect plant in the perfect spot, only to watch it wither and die during a cold snap or heat wave. Thankfully, there are some great resources out there to help, such as the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map and the American Horticultural Society Heat Tolerance Map.