Re: [gardeners] Daphne, camellias, and weather

Michael & Bambi Cantrell (
Sun, 3 Jan 1999 17:49:32 -0500

Actually, as a child, I lived in northern Illinois for a few years, and
playing in the snow, making wonderful forts, etc.
I do enjoy watching those that love the winter playing and having
fun in the snow, ice skating, etc.

My oldest daughter is watching ice skating competitions right now,
and the performers are performing beautifully.
I am also glad to sit here with the doors and windows open and
enjoy it with her. It got up to the low 70's today which is unusual
for us, but we are enjoying it.  :-)

I do think the tulips, etc are beautiful.  And with a shorter growing
you have a beautiful flush of blooms with so many things blooming at once
that would never happen here due to our longer growing season.

I am glad that there are people who enjoy both types of climate.  My
own perception is slanted, as most of the northerners that I talk to
have moved down here to escape the winters of the north.

It's nice to hear someone point out the good things about living up there.

Coastal Carolina

>Don't feel sorry for us, or at least most of us.  We are delighted it has
>finally turned to winter.  It was downright tropical most of fall,
>described as weird, eerie and finally scary by most people I spoke to.  The
>snow gets us out of many appointments, work occasionally (probably will
>tomorrow, or reduce it), makes beautiful bulbs in the spring and great
>roses.  It insulates everything in the garden and gets our water table back
>up.  We have our outdoor ice rinks operational now, taking the stress off
>the 7 indoor ones in our town of 150,000.  We need about 5 more for the
>number of hockey teams, figure skaters and many recreational skaters we've
>got.  Curlers have their own rinks and they're short too, and very glad to
>have the freeze.  As long as there are no casualties other than stalled
>cars most of us are very content with the weather.  It is really beautiful
>today, a mere -5 celsius, more with wind chill, but as long as one is
>bundled up it's ok for a few hours out-of-doors.  It'll be colder (lots)
>tonight but so what we're indoors.  We caught the storm Jill mentioned and
>are cozied up for the day.  It's piled up for about a foot and more is
>coming down.
>Anyway, it's now winter, which is as it should be and I am reasonably
>happy...will probably be happier when I kick the kids out of my front hall
>(longest therefore best for hockey on the block) where they are playing
>mini-stick hockey with a foam rubber puck.  Later they plan to build a snow
>fort on the front lawn...2 years ago we had one with 3' walls,
>byzantine-style crenalations and a couple of turrets which pretty well
>froze solid.  A ramp was added for speedy exits.  Last year was pretty much
>a dud of a winter, not much snow and too warm.
>Great Lakes region, Canada
>USDA 4 or 5, sort of.
>At 12:05 AM 03-01-99 -0500, you wrote:
>>I really do feel badly for those of you who are where there is
>>killing cold.  You must really have some tough genes to make
>>it through that kind of weather every year.
>>Coastal Carolina---where the warm front is going through and it
>>is up in the 60's.
>>We are having a REAL deep freeze. . . it is minus 30 C. . .without
>>wind chill factor. . . and we are expecting 30 cm of snow tonight and
>>tomorrow.  I don't plan to go any where until Monday. . .hope the car
>>will go on Monday:)))
>>Zone 5 (in a good year)
>>Peterborough, ON, Canada