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I'm floating around in the 7b/8a area ... literally. Part of Coweta is 7b and part is 8a. I am in the north part of the county east of I-85, about 5 miles from Fayette. As you can see ... I'm light green AND yellow. Somebody said it would be interesting to start experimenting. LOL
In Atlanta everything is blooming out of their "normal" time frame. I use a lot of leaf mulch which has kept the Daffodils under wraps. But where there is clear ground they came up and bloomed nearly a month ago. There were even sporadic blooms on some Azaleas. I'm wondering what to start in the greenhouse as the weather is so unpredictable. The Japanese magnolia was beautiful for two days before the blooms got frozen. But that plant always plays the " it may freeze" game.
Hmm - the past 2 winters here in South GA have been colder than 'normal' - we had a brief snow 2 years ago, & several spells in the 20s, & it got down to 8 degrees last year twice. (The peach crops were outstanding, too!!) This year, however, has been ridiculously warm - we have only had about 3 decent cold spells - not enough cold hours for decent peaches, but last week's low 20s may have ruined our local crop - all the trees were fully blossoming; I haven't been by to look, but fear the worst.