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Winter in My Wisconsin Garden

By goldfinch4
February 15, 2015

One thing is certain about winter in Wisconsin – it’ll never be the same two years in a row.

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Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
"They" say Zone 5, I garden for 4!
Dog Lover Daylilies
Feb 21, 2015 7:14 PM CST
Some years winter seems never-ending in Wisconsin. I am not a winter lover, so I need to look for the positives :>) Your witch hazel makes me think I should buy one for interest. Red dogwood and red male cardinals make the landscape warm up. Hoar frost mornings are magical to see.
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Feb 22, 2015 6:06 AM CST
Hi gchrismer, I agree with the never-ending winters in Wisconsin. They seem especially long when you're seeing pictures from people in other parts of the country that are already enjoying their gardens and ours are still under 2 feet of snow! My contorted hazelnut is right out our front window and I do enjoy viewing it every day. Unfortunately as the snow gets deeper the rabbits nibble higher and higher up the branches. I used to put a wire cage around it in winter, but now it's really too big to do that. So I just hope the rabbits aren't too hungry.

Bright red cardinals are so easy to spot and pretty against the white snow. They're my favorite winter birds too. Do you feed them?

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Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
"They" say Zone 5, I garden for 4!
Dog Lover Daylilies
Sep 11, 2015 8:38 PM CST
Sorry, answering only about 7 months later Rolling my eyes. it was a busy summer, what else can I say Smiling
I do feed birds, all year round but a bit more selectively esp in summer, trying to keep starlings away! I feed a lot of safflower seed. Cardinals love it, starlings, squirrels, sparrows reject it and eventually just leave and go eat somewhere else. Mourning doves and grosbeaks like it also. Some winter days I can look outside and see up to seven pair of cardinals - against snow and spruces they are beacons of brightness, just love them. This summer got to see several young ones at feeders.

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