Hello from Canada's west coast

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Hoy
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I envy you! We started like you with hellebores in flower for Xmas, but then we got this Siberian touch and now it's weeks later than normal - more snow this night.
You managed to arrange the Olympic Games with splendor even with the warm weather!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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Hi, Chris, and welcome!  What lovely gardens you have!  Well, you certainly deserve a mild and short winter after that miserable one last year!  

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Klapwijk
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Hi Lori,

thanks, and just like I thought might happen, we had a late frost and a little snow this past week, which did in a lot of flowers, but still lots more to come.

Chris Klapwijk, Surrey, BC, Canada

cohan
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Hi, Chris--
often folks in other countries think of my sort of winter when they think of typical Canadian winters-- I always remind them that your 'winter' exists too, as unimaginable as that is...lol

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Hoy
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cohan wrote:

Hi, Chris--
often folks in other countries think of my sort of winter when they think of typical Canadian winters-- I always remind them that your 'winter' exists too, as unimaginable as that is...lol

Not unlike here in Norway, lol :D

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

cohan
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I guess we think every country is one uniform climate/landtype culture etcfrom border to border..lol

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Barstow
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Hoy wrote:

Thanks, I suggested it had to be a Wisteria but I am used to see them on walls.
We had mild, wet  winter last year. Luckily the weather forecast for next week promise rain and milder weather, it has been extremely dry and cold here. I have a wet spot in my garden where I grow this one:

Do you protect your Gunnera in winter, Trond? Which species is it? G. tinctoria? I have a couple which overwinter in the cellar...

Stephen Barstow
Malvik, Norway
63.4N
Age: Lower end of the 20-25,000 day range

Hoy
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Stephen, yes I think it is tinctoria. Have had it for at least 10 years. Where it grows the soil never freezes deep due to a steady stream of groundwater (makes a little creek when it rains). I cover with dead fern leaves and some mud but last winter took a hard toll but it survived. I have forgot to take a look at it this spring - last winter was worse with no snow cover and almost as cold as the previous winter.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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