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Team Cold Season Annuals, or Team Done for the Year?

By Trish
October 30, 2011

Are you a gardener who plants annuals for the cooler season, or do you call it a year and let your landscape be bare until spring?

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 29, 2011 9:15 PM CST
No winter annuals for me. We do get some winter weather and occasionally small amounts of snow. Any time I spend outdoors in the winter is to photograph my semps (since they aren't covered in snow) and even do some weeding. Yes we do have weeds growing in the winter. Some times I wish it would just get cold and stay that way for the winter, instead of the up in the 30's, down to the 20's or teens and them up again. : ( The weeds love that.
I do have Hellebore that bloom the end of winter or early spring. That's blooms soon enough for me. Besides it makes the forsythia and other early blooming plants that much more special when they come along.

Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Oct 30, 2011 12:43 AM CST
Team It's OVER!! I'm too cold of a zone to try & do any outdoor gardening. So now I have 6-7 more months to wait (May is the "official" start of our season)
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Oct 30, 2011 4:12 AM CST
I'm done for the year with the annuals as of the hard freezes of the past two nights, but I do grow a few cool-weather veggies and herbs over the winter.
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Oct 30, 2011 4:35 AM CST
Team Done for me.

I did plant pansies once but by the time they were bright and beautiful, my re-seeding annuals were coming quickly and I had to yank the pansies as I knew the heat of our summer would smother them anyway.

It's rest period although I do have spinach in the ground and will be planting garlic soon.

No flowers though.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Oct 30, 2011 7:17 AM CST
The only annual I plant in fall is Icicle Pansies. They reliably come back in spring no matter how brutal the winter. If we get an inch or two of snow, those sunny faces pop right up through the snow. The last few winters, though, they've been buried in deep snow all winter. I didn't get to plant any this year because of carpal tunnel surgery. Thumbs down I've also tried ornamental cabbage but they never did well for long so I gave up on them.

Some of my established plants are still blooming now, even after hard frosts the last few nights- alyssum clear crystal, geranium Rozanne, aster Bluebird... That helps.

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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Oct 30, 2011 7:23 AM CST
Team Done for the year for me. I am always ready to hibernate once the fall cleanup is done. I do have snapdragons still going strong in spite of the hard frosts we got the last 3 nights. DH always plants turnips.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Oct 30, 2011 9:00 PM CST
The drought and temp extremes have left me too tired of trying! I'm throwing in the towel for now, except maybe for planting a couple of things that are way overdue to be planted.
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Name: Renée
Northern KY
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KyWoods
Oct 31, 2011 9:33 AM CST
I'm so jealous of your pansies, Karen! The critters ate mine last time I planted them!
Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Oct 31, 2011 9:52 PM CST
Kywoods.....Critters were eating pansies I planted one yr but I was excited to learn it was the caterpillar of the Varigated Fritillary Butterfly!

I am team done....rarely do annuals anymore. Everything looking green now after super high water bills during the summer heat, but at least I know plants will return after the winter finishes up.

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