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Oct 28, 2011 8:56 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Charter ATP Member Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
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I've been trying to extend my seasons as far as possible. I started with a red twig dogwood - looks great in the winter, thankfully, 'cause it sure looks awful during the summer.

Now I have some Hellebores (yay!) that I have to get into the ground.

I want to find a Camelia that is hardy in this area, but that might be tough.

Anyone else investing in cold weather plants?
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Oct 28, 2011 1:51 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Not here. After all nothing likes to grow in frozen ground.
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Oct 28, 2011 6:10 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Charter ATP Member Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
Huh... I think you're in the same zone I am, Lucy....?
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


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Oct 28, 2011 10:20 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
6a But much further north so when things freeze they are apt to alternate freezing & thawing, but the ground isn't workable.
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Oct 29, 2011 4:58 AM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Echinacea
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It's much the same here. By this time of year, the weather is cold and the days are short. Nothing much is left in my yard. Perennials were all going dormant and have been cut back. Annuals have been yanked. I've declared this garden season over. After all, current temp is 28°.

Not like living in the south. We can only extend garden season so far. Then Mother Nature zaps all.

Karen
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Oct 29, 2011 6:10 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
OK, don't tell me they had the Hellebores co-op and I missed it???
I garden for the pollinators.
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Oct 29, 2011 6:48 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Charter ATP Member Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
No, that one cancelled, but I think Mamajack has some - I'll ask her.
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Oct 29, 2011 1:37 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Charter ATP Member Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
This is what she has:
pink frost
winter thrillers
ivory prince (Walhelvor)
green gambler
spring party
there are others..........?

I think all the pics/ descriptions are here:
http://www.perennialresource.c...
In the end, only kindness matters.

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Oct 29, 2011 1:42 PM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
I'd better go over there and check out her co-ops too. I forget to check from time to time. Thanks. Big Grin Did you get all of those?
I garden for the pollinators.
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Oct 29, 2011 3:22 PM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Avid Green Pages Reviewer Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Lilies
I had Red Stick at the old house. It can get crazy and spread.
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Oct 29, 2011 8:53 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Charter ATP Member Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
Red Stick.... I'll have to check that one out.

I got those except for Green Gambler, but I had one other, Pink Parasols, that she didn't list this time.

I c-mailed her for that list, I'm not sure if they're even listed on a co-op...? Maybe under Walters.
In the end, only kindness matters.

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Oct 30, 2011 4:03 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
I tip my hat to you.
I garden for the pollinators.
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Oct 30, 2011 6:23 AM CST
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b and Fl
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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sheryl said:I've been trying to extend my seasons as far as possible.

Anyone else investing in cold weather plants?


I've added more evergreen shrubs and some late-winter, earliest spring blooming shrubs; spicebush, witch hazel, black pussy willow, pieris and a pair of white fringe trees. I've also added more shrubs with colorful fall berries that also feed the birds.

I've found it to be much less of a toe-tapping, waiting-for-spring, winter wait if there are some occasionally snow-bare and attractive plants to look at. The movement and glowing grace of the plume grasses really helps as well. They're tall enough and slender enough to show regardless of snowfall.

The shorter perennial (cold weather) flowers don't seem to bloom for me. They must have snow cover too late into the season, perhaps? Confused
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Oct 30, 2011 7:09 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
I planted Fothergilla gardenii this year and it has excellent Fall color and interesting stem structure when the leaves are gone. I also have numerous "berry" plants, chokeberry, elderberry, and recently planted purple beautyberry. My pink pussy willow starts to develop its catkins in the Fall and those are of interest through the winter when there are no leaves on it. I enjoy watching them develop.

One of my faves for year-round interest is the evergreen hollies. Dark green color all year and the female plants have lovely red berries through much, if not all, of the winter. I like the conical shapes as well as the other various shapes.
I garden for the pollinators.
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Oct 30, 2011 4:57 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Charter ATP Member Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
>taking notes.... < ...
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


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Oct 30, 2011 9:25 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
We have bayberry & viburnum. Also a crabapple which the robins like to raid in the winter.
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Oct 30, 2011 10:52 PM CST
Moderator
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b and Fl
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
It seems like it's going t be a lean winter for the birds. The Mountain Ash's berries are usually left 'til the Spring migration, same with the Staghorn Sumac berries; most were cleaned up during the Southern migration this year. All of my coneflowers and sunflowers have already been picked clean as well. I began putting supplemental food out for them today.
Cottage Gardening

Newest Interest: Rock Gardens


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Oct 31, 2011 3:55 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Avid Green Pages Reviewer Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Lilies
Mt Ashes here are dying some green beetle.
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Oct 31, 2011 6:00 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
I'm starting to fill my feeders again today or tomorrow.
I garden for the pollinators.
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Oct 31, 2011 11:33 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Avid Green Pages Reviewer Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Lilies
Mine get emptied in 4 days. I might need to slow down on the

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