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Hoy
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Yes, and do you use extra light?

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

Boland
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No extra light....the greenhouse is set at 8 C as the minimum.  I'll be starting meconopsis seed soon...they germinate best at 10 C so this greenhouse is perfect in Dec-Jan.  BTW, the greenhouse is at work...I only wish it was mine, but I have pretty much free run so it is almost like having my own.  LOADS of alpine seeds will be started early in the new year (the only thing that keeps me sane in our long winters)

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Lori S.
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I can't believe you still have plants blooming outside, Todd!  There's been snow on the ground since late October here.... it's going to be a long winter.  :P

Anyway, a photo from warmer times... Epilobium latifolium:

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

Tim Ingram
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Todd - curiously Crocus laevigatus 'Fontaneyi' is about the only species I grow that was not munched by rabbits! It's a lovely thing - with us it flowers in late December and is especially welcome, but we are lucky that we rarely get snow until the New Year and then usually intermittant. (We are hoping now we are rabbit free that some of the other species might start to do their thing).

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.
 

Hoy
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Although the fall as a whole has been mild we have had more frosty nights than last year. The first week of December seems to be very cold too (maybe down to -6C/21F). Now we have gotten a couple of inches of snow too :o

Penstemon 'Rich Red' flowered nicely last summer and tried to produce some new flowers in the fall. here is the result: August and December.

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

cohan
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Lori wrote:

I can't believe you still have plants blooming outside, Todd!  There's been snow on the ground since late October here.... it's going to be a long winter.   :P

It already has been!  ;D Usually we'd just be getting started on snow cover by now, but we have from a few inches to a foot or so already established and piles of a couple feet around the driveway...

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

Boland
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Lori wrote:

I can't believe you still have plants blooming outside, Todd!  There's been snow on the ground since late October here.... it's going to be a long winter.   :P

Lori, that crocus was in a greenhouse.  I did have plants still blooming up to a week ago but 5 days ago we got 15 cm snow then the temp dropped to -7 C.  It may be melted by the end of this week but -7 C will have taken care of anything with a bloom!

I'll be experiencing your snow and cold soon enough...I am spending Christmas in Calgary this year!

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

cohan
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Well, Calgary was +7 today! We didn't get nearly that high- somewhere around 0 or just below..

I've had some plants here still with flowers after as low as -20C- garden Violas and native Asters come to mind...

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

Lori S.
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Yes, I have lots of freeze-dried flowers too.  ;D

Townsendia parryi and Androsace chamaejasme:

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

cohan
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Lori wrote:

Yes, I have lots of freeze-dried flowers too.   ;D

Townsendia parryi and Androsace chamaejasme:

Here is my Townsendia parryii, during  a brief melt on Nov 04- it was soon after covered again, and will likely be so now till spring..

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

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