or Weather 2013. (whether or not we like it)Predict -6F (-21C) Wed night in NE Massachusetts, USA. This takes me below what I feel is the effective USA zone 6a. Some snow tonight. Our coldest weather may come Feb. 7-14; so this winter may be quite a ride. Will be spreading some salt marsh hay and putting out bait for voles, perhaps after digging out in the AM. Will try to cover Allium "Summer Drummer", approaching 2 ft in height, with Styrofoam. Will cover Cyclamen hederifolium and purpurescens/repandum, which are all wonderfully leafed out, so inappropriately for a long, dim, frigid winter. Neighbor in adjacent town reported Cyclamen growing in her lawn, so with gardening, there's always a place for hope (I hope).
Charles Swanson Massachusetts USA z 6a (lows possibly from -13F to 3F more or less)
NE Massachusetts (New England) USA zone 6 (5B to 6B)
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I think officially the UK has had the wettest year on record (and probably our records go back as long as anywhere). Where we are in Kent our average rainfall is about 25 inches per year - this year we have reached over 35 inches! It is all relative of course and there are many people in areas of higher rainfall in the west, and near rivers, who have had a really bad time. For many of the later flowering woodland species it has been a real benefit. However, to put this in perspective I think the lowest rainfall ever recorded in the UK was in Kent, back in the 1920's, at around 10 inches or less, and we generally fluctuate between around 20 inches (very rare) and 30 inches (more common). This will all seem very mild for those gardeners in continental climates, or further north in Scandinavia, where the weather is so much more dramatic, but we are a nation of definite weather watchers!!
Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
We got about 5 inches of snow yesterday, and the snow cover is finally 'right' for my garden. I like about 8-10 inches on the ground before the temps drop into the single digits, which is what we're expecting this next week. I planted quite a few marginally hardy things last year, and it will be interesting to see how they do over a winter. Last year was such an anomaly that there is really no comparison. So far this year is much more normal. I hope it continues.My special plant this year is Pyrrosia sheareri, a fern collected by Steve Doonan on Taiwan, and obtained from Far Reaches Nursery in Port Townsend, WA last March. Far Reaches is a very special nursery and one you should visit on the net.
Peter George, Petersham, MA (north central MA, close to the NH/VT borders), zones 5b and 6 around the property.
Still considering ourselves lucky here compared to so many places with troublesome weather! Our winter (at least as measured by snow on the ground) started very early, but while we've had a lot of below average temps since late Oct, on the other hand we still haven't had much in terms of extreme cold, which we could have easily by now.. Also no really heavy snowfalls even though it's been white more than 2 months.. knock on wood!
west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/
You're easily satisfied, Peter. I'd like 2' of snow here (only have 8"), because 2' is enough to make the deer flounder so they stay out of the garden, which is steep.
Was hoping to head back into the mountains to pick a few seeds after the New year but saw the forecast . Might stay home for a bit and see what happens
Balclutha , New Zealand
We had about 1 1/2 foot of snow but all is gone now. After one month with freezing temps down to -12C the temp jumped up to +5-7C. The weather has been like Steve's forecast for NZ with heavy rain and strong wind. A lot of roads have been closed. Luckily our house are sheltered both from wind from south and flooding.The next week is not that bad though, like this: http://www.yr.no/sted/Norge/Rogaland/Karm%C3%B8y/F%C3%B8rresfjorden/lang...
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!