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cohan
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Hah! That is ironic! Re-patriating them...lol.. if only we could get them to take back the dandelions, clover and the damned buttercups...lol

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

Hoy
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Jandals wrote:

Actually,Cohan, it's a curious sort of win-win situation in the environmental awareness stakes . I remove the seeds of bad weeds in NZ  ( Sedum acre in this case ) and they end up on green roofs in Europe . Everybody is happy .

I used to collect seeds of our finest alpines but relatively few people grow them so now I collect seeds from weeds . I guess they are easier to grow

I would rather have seeds of your alpines! Sedum acre is fine but I have it ;)

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

Tim Ingram
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Winter snows have arrived in south-east England and really brightened the garden up! But not too likely that they will last very long.

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.
 

cohan
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Nice views- always fun to see palm trees in snow- guess there's been a lot of that across southern Europe and North Africa!
Still no fresh snow here, and none forecast, but what we have shouldn't melt much this week, with daytimes from -5C to +3C and nights -6C to -18C.. still nothing we'd call winter weather!

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

Mark McD
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No snow and comparitively mild again this week. Walking around the yard this weekend, I see the white of closed Galanthus buds, and one white purple-striped bud on Colchicum kesselringii, unheard of this early.

Dramatic winter scenes there Tim, fortunately we're not seeing such scenes here this winter so far.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Hoy
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Tim, it is almost like here! How do your palms cope with this weather?

Mark, I could see the white buds of snowbells weeks ago but now they are all covered by a blanked of hard crusted snow! Does that kind of snow have a specific name? Here it is called "skare" (pronounced something like sk as sk in skate + ar as ar in NARGS + e as e in bell! (Cohan, lesson no 5 ;) ;D )

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

cohan
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Trond, in northern North America we try to mostly pretend we don't live in a northern place- we don't have a full set of words for kinds of snow (you need to use a phrase/adjectives to describe it), we don't build our towns/cities to make winters more pleasant (eg- no sun at streetlevel in Toronto in the winter- unlike some European northern cities I have heard of have laws to control where tall buildings will cast shadows).. etc etc..
There is an effort the last years in places like Edmonton to try to make a lot more winter festivals etc, so maybe we will learn yet!
Maybe I need to learn Norwegian after all-- or Inuk!- just in order to have words to describe snow- I can recognise many kinds of snow conditions, even judge general temperature by looking at the snow on the road- but there are not specific words for it  ;D

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

RickR
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Our St. Paul Winter Carnival started in 1886 and continues every Jan-Feb to this day.  I remember as a kid sliding through an ice castle and down a hill near the Mississippi River. It was a pre-made run, of course. ;D  Gee, that would've been 40 years ago...

We even have a Wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Paul_Winter_Carnival

Some postcard pics of more recent years' endeavors:
Photographer unknown.

   

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

cohan
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Cold enough for ice castles this year, Rick? Festivals are great for sure, to help people get through winter, though I'd like to see more attention to making the cities pleasant to live and  get around in in winter (earlier comments about shading etc).. of course now it doesn't affect me much, since I'm not in any sizable city anymore, only a small city for shopping once or twice per 2 weeks..lol

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

RickR
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No ice castle this year.  No snow sculpting either.  Ice sculpting still going on, I think.  Everything is quite low key, this warm practically snowless season.  Festivities still endure, though. 

cohan wrote:

I'd like to see more attention to making the cities pleasant to live and  get around in in winter (earlier comments about shading etc)..

Funny you should mention that, Cohan.  Minneapolis  supposedly has the longest skyway system in the world (over seven miles).  Just last week there was an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune quoting the mayor saying something to the effect that the skyways are taking away from the city street life (duh!) and businesses that benefit from it (street life), and wonders about the overall value of the skyway .  I have to say, our skyway system is not at all easy to navigate.  It's almost never simple and straight forward: making turns and corners in the buildings, down long hallways, going through this or that unmarked door.  It's always been an acute test of my memory how to get back to where I started.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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