Northern Gardening forum: Spring 2017 in the North?

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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
May 6, 2017 8:48 PM CST
As most of us are experiencing spring---it is time for new thread!
Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
May 6, 2017 9:05 PM CST
Today was the first day with flowers blooming in my gardens this Spring! I took pictures, they
seem to be over-exposed, but... yea!!

Prairie Crocus:
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Bergenia (the moose ate the leaves of the plant, but it will survive):
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Have no idea what this is, but it's been coming up here the past three years:
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Peonies Lilies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing
Bulbs Region: Canadian Garden Ideas: Master Level Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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CarolineScott
May 7, 2017 7:35 AM CST
Nice spring time pictures!
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
May 7, 2017 9:04 PM CST
Apple trees are budding here with flowers. Crab apples are blooming. Here is my favorite pic so far.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
May 8, 2017 9:26 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Hurray for Spring.

Well today it sure doesn't feel like Spring as the temps went down to 45 last night and the heat came on. Plus today very windy with a nip and a chill in the air. But it will pass and Spring will feel like Spring.

The Azaleas are in full bloom and they look glorious.

Peas are looking great and growing well. Oh and my tomato plants are all planted although they must have been shivering last night.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
May 9, 2017 8:59 AM CST
Planting out perennials here and a few annuals too.
Tomatoes not hardened yet.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
May 9, 2017 9:38 AM CST
Wish it would warm up some so I could plant out my pepper seedlings.

Last night another chilly night. Heat in the house has been turned way down but last night was the second night in a row that heat went on overnight. So I know it was plenty chilly.
Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
May 9, 2017 12:10 PM CST
Planted five day lilies, two toad lilies, two hostas, and one Queen of the Prairies this morning. I'm beat now and stopping for a lunch break!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
May 9, 2017 1:04 PM CST
I am planting out more summer squash plants today. And had to water all the ones I had planted on Sunday. Planning on lots of zucchini and summer squash this year (as usual).

Peas are growing great in this cool weather.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
May 9, 2017 8:09 PM CST
I was digging Dandelions for four hours yesterday and six hours today.
Another four or so hours and I should be done.
Despite putting weed and feed down last fall, I have never in thirty years had this many Dandelions up North.
I have a bunch on the South lawn but where I did not put anything down last fall but fraction compared to what there is up here.
Even during the years we did not put anything down it was never this bad plus I have Chickweed and some sort of spurge all over the boulevard.
Chickweed is not too bad but what ever that item is I think is spurge is all over place, in clusters and there is not reason for it to have spread the way it did.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
May 10, 2017 7:57 AM CST
An old neighbour used to tell me that I should not grumble about the weeds--It is when the weeds won't grow that one should worry!
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
May 18, 2017 2:33 PM CST
Well if I were one of those that eats Lambs Quarter, I would be happy.
As it is I have a LOT of it which is odd as before this year it was rare to non-existent but then this year I have weeds going wild.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
May 19, 2017 7:41 AM CST
I think the winds and the birds bring different weed seeds.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
May 19, 2017 8:12 AM CST
CarolineScott said:An old neighbour used to tell me that I should not grumble about the weeds--It is when the weeds won't grow that one should worry!


Definitely not having a problem with the weeds not growing here.... especially after having what seemed like an awfully long stretch of rainy weather and not being able to do much outside! Blinking

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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Peonies Lilies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing
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CarolineScott
May 19, 2017 6:54 PM CST
Quack grass is everywhere here !
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Peonies Lilies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing
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CarolineScott
May 25, 2017 8:21 AM CST
Big surprise here yesterday! It dropped to near freezing with a rain, sleet, snow and thunder kind of storm with high winds.
Had plants out to harden off, but was not expecting the low temperatures.
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
May 25, 2017 8:56 AM CST
Sorry to hear about the sleet/snow, Caroline. I always think of May as a treacherous month, giving us mild temperatures to lure us into buying and planting tender plants, and then surprising us with a late frost. The supermarket and hardware-store garden centers have been selling tropical outdoor plants as fast as they can for several weeks. By selling early they stand to make twice the money, if the first lot of plants get frosted and have to be replaced.

Apart from two days of bizarre 28C/85F heat (followed by a frost 2 nights later), spring here has been mostly cool and wet. More rain is falling today.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
May 25, 2017 9:41 AM CST
They spring has been weird. From cold to extra hot and back to cold again.

I must say my pea plants are looking exceptionally great this spring. I just hope they start blooming soon.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Region: United States of America Region: Michigan Seed Starter Vegetable Grower Greenhouse Birds
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Weedwhacker
May 25, 2017 6:45 PM CST
We finally hit 70F today -- on our thermometer, at least; not an official temperature. Hurray!
Felt so good to be able to work outside without a sweatshirt! So much to do after the extended period of rain that we've been having... hard to know where to start.
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Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
May 25, 2017 9:43 PM CST
Caroline, I live four hours' drive northeast of you and we didn't get as bad a temp drop as you did. Last night it dropped to only 8. Calgary sure gets a lot more extreme temp fluctuations than the rest of the province.

We did get a terrible windstorm last night and our neighbour lost two lilac trees, yet our yard was not touched with any damage. Not even the petals on the tulips were blown off! Feeling very thankful today.

By the way, both my kids (and grandkids) live in Calgary! We were just there a few weeks ago. :)

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