We all like to talk about the weather, or complain about it, particularly as it pertains to our gardening efforts. And, because forumists are located throughout North America and the World, it is interesting to witness the climatic differences and challenges that each gardener faces, no matter where located.
Recently we've seen photos posted by forumist Lori Skulski in Alberta, Canada; very wintry scenes showing lots of snow. By comparison, in Northeastern USA, we've had one of those endless autumns; sure, a few night down into the mid 20s F (-4 C) but typically warming up by midday. Today, it was 62 F (16 C), and I went for a 5-mile run in short-sleeve shirt it was so warm. I would prefer generally colder temperatures to continue acclimatizing plants for the oncoming winter, although I'll gladly accept an occasional extra mild day here and there before the full onset of winter.
I uploaded a few photos, the first is me after a run a couple days ago, one of the few cold sunny days that reached just above the freezing point by early afternoon; man I love the cool weather. Followed by two photos of a neighbor's super-late-flowering Chrysanthemum, one that doesn't start flowering until November, undeterred by frosts, with lots of orange-yellow blooms (photos 2-3). I must ask my neighbor for a piece; the "mum" has been a stalwart last-bloomer in her garden for the 22 years that I've been here. And photo 4, shows a view of my garden from the street... as I run a 1.25 mile loop around the neighborhood, I do visual botanizing and garden assessment while running; I like the look of the slow-burn of fall color on my epimedium plants as I run by repeatedly.