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Spring Planting Stalled

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Friday May 3, 2013

Saint Paul, MN (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: The pansies sat in their planter, all covered with snow. The poor elderly lady, who had planted what she could when it was warm, was standing outside bundled up in her winter coat. I wonder what she was thinking, but I couldn't stop to ask her. I had to go to work. This photo was taken just before the Twin Cities received it's record breaking 1" snow. Funny how I thought the snow picture I took in April would be the last. Well part of me knew it was too good to be true.

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6. Fieldofflowers
3:36 AM GMT on May 04, 2013
I've seen them survive cool temps, but in MN, they don't overwinter. But they do come back from seed. Now in WI where I lived, I've seen them survive into January in some mild/ late winters.

What becomes of my sweet peas remains to be seen.
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5. ChrisAnthemum
3:35 AM GMT on May 04, 2013
Snaps are also rather hardy. Many of mine survive to bloom a second year.
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4. Fieldofflowers
3:33 AM GMT on May 04, 2013
That's good to know. I remember having one pansy overwinter once. And that was a normal winter, not the mild one last year. She also had snapdragons. I hope those pull through. On my little section I planted sweet peas, but just a few spindly stalks. Most of them I gave up and just put in the ground. I'm hoping the excess rains will help them get started.
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3. ChrisAnthemum
3:30 AM GMT on May 04, 2013
Pansies are quite hardy, Mary, and in my part of the country are planted in the fall, establish themselves over the winter, and bloom a riot in spring. The snow will not hurt them.
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2. Fieldofflowers
3:28 AM GMT on May 04, 2013
I imagine her being in a state of disbelief. Being 83, it may not be something she hasn't seen before, but certainly unusual and not so happy.

But yeah I could have sworn she had more of those planted in the ground. It would be even more to think if she took the time to dig them up and put them back in the planter.
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1. ChrisAnthemum
3:02 AM GMT on May 04, 2013
Beautiful but sad, Mary! How it must weigh on her spirits, and yours, to see more snow, and MORE snow, instead of spring!
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Every day that I come here, I'm amazed by the awesome photos I see. I love to take photos of whatever catches my eye. Usually my photos have something to do with nature. Insects and flowers have always been a big interest. You can also find me on Flickr. Summer '09 goal: Aiming to take pictures daily, and upload some of my favorites. I hope people enjoy them as much as I do. Most of the time, the fun comes from taking the pictures, more than the actual results. Create your own visitor map! Counter started: 6-21-09

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