Re: [gardeners] Big Freeze/Big Thaw: Advice needed

Marianne Lepa (
Tue, 16 Dec 1997 22:45:30 -0500

Thanks for the reassurance Heather. As I wrote to Kay, these Irises are
important to me and I may have been fussing a bit too much. We don't
normally get chinook style weather here and it threw me. Of course, it's
always when I over react that it turns out the weatherman was too. The
forcast is no longer for such a dramatic temperature swing, only a minor
one. :-)

Thanks to both you and Kay,

At 01:15 PM 12/16/97 -0800, you wrote:
>We get a temperature extremes here all the time with no snow cover and
>for the most part the perennials survive.  Some winters my plants get so
>confused.  Right now a lilac bush is showing the green through its buds
>but we have been down around 0 several times.  We do not often go much below
>-15C but it doesn't always come with snow cover.  If you have mulched the
>plants should be mostly fine the burying and straw around the pots should
>Heather on Vancouver Island
Southeastern Ontario AgCan zone 5b