Beautiful places and images as usual, Brian! From my perspective, interesting to see all that bare ground at this time of year!
Here is what it looks like here today- luckily the snow seems to have stopped early, though there could be a couple cm more possible tonight- we got at least 15cm/6 inches of fresh snow, and a taste of what folks in warmer places have to deal with- it was wet, heavy snow, glad to be finished the shovelling..... Of course the amount was not that extreme, but the area we have to shovel is extensive- the last view shows only one part of it- maybe 1/4...
west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/
It's been very dry this winter, especially in the valleys. Here are a few more. If it isn't obvious already, I like things that are very stark:
Brian, I like that kind of landscape too! It is very different from what I'm used to.
Cohan, I'm glad I'm finished with shovelling snow for now although it is still possible to get some more ;)
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
Both those sort of extremes are very different to a day spent planting snowdrops here in the sun - last night's low was still only -3°C! So a bit of sunshine - this is a Turkish Crocus, herbertii, unusual in that it is stoloniferous; about the strongest orange of all crocuses. Actually very hardy - Janis Ruksans speaks of growing this under apple trees in Latvia for over 20 years, where winter temperatures can drop to -30°C or lower (and presumably at times where snow cover is erratic). It's a great plant!
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.
Tim, C. herbertii looks great! But does it tolerate a mix of humid and cold winter?
Very nice Crocus, Tim- one to watch for! Yes, planting snowdrops- anything outdoors- does sound very remote to me right now...lol
I'll "see" your crocus, Tim, and "raise" you a patch of Habranthus tubispathus! ;D ;D ;Dcheersfermi
Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C
Beautiful, Fermi! Is that blooming now?
I think you win Fermi! The only thing I can imagine beating that is one of those vivid flourescent cacti, or perhaps a Denver Delosperma; I have neither.