Northern Gardening forum: Signs of Spring?

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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Mar 5, 2014 10:51 PM CST
In Calgary the first signs of spring are not in the garden.
They are pot holes in our roads and water main breaks all over town!
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Mar 6, 2014 8:29 AM CST
The first sign of spring here (way out of town) is the road gravel thawing into a porridge-like substance. Such fun to drive on! But it's not happening yet. It's -25C/-14F here this morning, and the road is still solid with compacted snow and ice.

Another sign of spring is pots of seedlings in every room of the house - and that has begun!
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Mar 6, 2014 12:25 PM CST
I get excited when I hear a robin.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Mar 6, 2014 5:39 PM CST
Yes! trays of seedlings here too---all over the house, but mainly under lights in the basement.
Some are doing well and others not so much. Every morning there is something new.

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patty3411
Mar 6, 2014 9:18 PM CST
I have geraniums coming out of dormancy after a few months in an unheated attached garage.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Mar 7, 2014 7:41 AM CST
How cold does your garage get?
I used to save geraniums (pelargoniums) in the garage when it was heated.

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patty3411
Mar 8, 2014 9:15 AM CST
CarolineScott said:How cold does your garage get?
I used to save geraniums (pelargoniums) in the garage when it was heated.


It is an attached garage and the house is a raised ranch style so the garage is 1/3 underground so I suspect it stays a bit warmer...still usually hovering around 0. We had an unusually cold winter with several record breaking temps for the time of year and I didn't go out and test the temperature. I have some pictures I will post once...just to keep us going.

We have also had what seems to be an unusual amount of snow this year, but I just heard on the radio that the overall amount isn't that out of the norm, we just haven't had the thaws/melts in between so it has accumulated more than usual.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Mar 8, 2014 7:02 PM CST
The carport here is closed in , but without heating it, I can not keep plants there in winter.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 8, 2014 7:08 PM CST
The clematis that I thought were dead on my back porch have sprouted! Of course, not the ones I'd hope would survive, but still, nice to see growth! And one of them is now a mystery plant, 'cause I have no label on it. Rolling my eyes.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Mar 8, 2014 7:29 PM CST
Cardinals are singing their spring song!
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Mar 8, 2014 7:30 PM CST
Can't wait to hear a robin Lovey dubby
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 8, 2014 7:38 PM CST
Ha! Don't talk to me about robins! Nasty little attack birdies!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.

Region: Canadian
patty3411
Mar 9, 2014 2:31 PM CST

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These were some of the geraniums coming out of the garage. The littlest one didn't make it.

Here are some progressive shots of breaking dormancy....

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patty3411
Mar 9, 2014 2:33 PM CST
Here they are today....
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 9, 2014 2:45 PM CST
Oooooh! Green stuff!!! Hurray!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Mar 9, 2014 5:59 PM CST
What a neat series of photos!
Thanks for sharing with us.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Mar 9, 2014 10:53 PM CST
They look great Patty! Thumbs up

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patty3411
Mar 10, 2014 12:27 PM CST
Thanks everyone,
I also have a couple I overwintered inside the house and one of them has some buds starting. I am really looking forward to seeing flowers too.

:)

Patty
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Mar 13, 2014 9:26 AM CST
No robin yet, but I had a bee in the back yard yesterday. I felt so bad for it since there is about 2 feet of snow on the flower beds. I don't have any seedlings with flowers either. The kid said I should have put some honey out, but by the time she suggested it, the bee was gone.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Mar 13, 2014 9:29 AM CST
That's a good idea about the honey, I must remember that, it will be quite awhile before there is a bloom around here. Glare

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