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Friday, April 4, 2014

A Glimpse Of Spring- tender plants and the Urban Heat Island Effect

Last week I was in Vancouver it rained everyday but the temperature did not drop below zero and there was no snow.

In addition to soaking up liquid sunshine I spent my mornings editing almost finished pages of my book and approving gallery proofs. I spent the afternoons visiting the art gallery with my mother, tasting chocolate and walking around my favourite neigbourhoods. I'm sure I walked at least 10k everyday.

Most of the spring flowers that filled the Vancouver garden beds are the same ones we have up here albeit not until June.

This Magnolia was beautiful. The Hardiest Magnolias are rated for zone 4, M. stellata and M. x loebneri 'Merrill'. The flower buds are very sensitive and liable to frost damage You may have success by growing them in a protected spot especially if you live in town. Cities and towns are warmer than rural areas because of the urban heat island effect. I have no idea what species this Magnolia is. I'm assuming it is a much more tender variety.

Jasminum officinale, like the lovely vine below I found growing over someones garden gate, is not hardy in zone 2 or 3. I've considered growing it as a houseplant but moving to a warmer climate might be a better idea.

It's still going down below zero at night and we still have mountains of snow clogging up the landscape around our house...


  1. How exciting to review pages of your upcoming book :) Congratulations!

    1. Thanks. I'm looking forward to holding it in my hands.


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