New Hardiness Zones

Aurora, CO(Zone 5b)

http://www.arborday.org/media/zones.cfm Lifted this from trees and shrubs forum(hopefully the link works). Almost all of Idaho and half of Wyoming have jumped a zone up.

Centennial, CO(Zone 5b)

That definitely reflects my own observations her ein centennial. USDA says we are zone 5, but depending on the sun exposure (S or W vs. N & E) the plants seem to think we are zone 6. Or possibly higher. I have a bunch of alyssum that was put in the ground 2nd week of may last year. The last snowfall is just melting over it and it appear to be still green. It was blooming its head off around thanksgiving. That is in the SW facing fullsun "hellstrip" by my front door. Last year the tulips there came up 2 weeks ahead of anything else. 20' away the tulips were up 1 week ahead, so I don't think it's just the sun exposure.

This year I am planning on doing more systematic measurements of soil temperature. This may satisfy my curiosity about what exactly is going on here....

Aurora, CO(Zone 5b)

Yeah, I held of my veg garden till after moms day because of that 'always' late freeze. Could have planted early with no worries. Got plans for that, this year, though.

It`s times like this That I count my blessings.
I do envy you your snow though.
I think I could just as happily live there.
And adjust accordingly.
As long as I could ride my Bike and Rock Climb.

Moxee, WA(Zone 4a)

vadap, The new zones don't mean much to me and many others when we're certain we are more than capable of experiencing temperature discrepancies 20 degrees lower than what the map indicates for a week or longer in the winter here. You don't see anything covering zone 3-4 in Washington State. What does this mean. There are micro-climates in each zone. Soil conditions in each zone can drop your property down one more zone. Other weather conditions combined with the cold weather can drop you another zone too. We can get 65 MPH winds when its -15 degrees f. Add in the fact that the cold temps might be during a spell where there's been no water fall for a few months and then you have a situation where Arborvidae are dying. We see it places in our neighborhood where folks have zone 3-4 plants that just can't tough it out during the winter. I try to make certain we plant zone 3-4 only. Anything higher is a crap shoot and generally like flushing money down the toilet.

Denver, CO

I think I killed a nice Clematis armandii in a place in my garden that may be about 6a. The bananas there look decent as of two days ago. I've got a wee spot (Intentional) of 8a or so, I still have not found something to take full advantage of it.

Moxee, WA(Zone 4a)

JamesCo, I have been told a few times by garden experts locally that a "raised garden" with perfect soil can sustain zone 6 plants where I live. It would need a to be sheltered from the wind and covered in the winter by plexiglass plus well insulated with 4 inches of leaves and a black tarp or a couple inches of styrofoam board with a black plastic tarp showing under the plexiglass. I haven't felt the huge need yet to grow gladiolas and dahlias. Some day we'll do so but for now we're content to have the one hundred or so plants that have proven successful here without having to earnestly work. There's something good to be said about working with the hand that you've been dealt instead of kicking against the pricks.

Kalispell, MT(Zone 4b)

Micro climates are everywhere we create them. I know that I easily fit zone 5b here where I have raised beds, thick mulch, composted soil, and wind protection. Though I don't trust it to remain. This is the joy of zone upping.

Denver, CO

The plexiglass, raised bed, and all sounds like a greenhouse. That's too much for me, personally. It's more about siting. Well-drained soil promosted hardiness in a certain way, and rich soil grows stronger plants, too. I like to push the envelope, sure- but if it tears, I back off and try something else. A personal choice. Nature uses microclimates, too.

I simply put the Clematis in a windy place that also has too much temperatre fluxuation in winter for it. Ice formed under the bark and tore up the wood. There is a younger C. armandii in a microclimate to the south of the house looking by far better. Remember that it is a woody plant- it has half of itself exposed to the elements in the winter, up a fence, so I cannot cover it.

Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

Yes Kenton, I think Clematis are tricky to grow and get to bloom nicely, but I keep trying. I also have several micro climates. And most years my particular area is mostly 6 but there are enough exceptions so that is not dependable. I have planted many things that are zone 6 and do quite well. This winter was really an exception in that we had 10 or so inches of insulating snow for the month of Jan. when it was cold and lots of wind. Still too early to know for sure what I may have lost. I have about 20 different Clematis, not all do as well as I would like.

Steve when are you getting your chickens now that you are back home.

Kelly, I forgot if you said what your elevation is there in Moxee. Shouldn't think you would be whole lot different than here.

Moxee, WA(Zone 4a)

donna, We're at close to 1,125 feet elevation. Yakima is 10 miles to the west. The Columbia River's Hanford Reach is 20 miles to the east. You can imagine the lack of flora on the hills here ... just cheat grass, tiny little cactus. The lower you get (we're at the bottom-low point here because the only stream in the valley cuts through our place) the more weeds and grasses one finds. We have cattails and willows all along the stream and lots of tall sages and even taller ornamental rye grasses as you climb the bank of the stream. There are hundreds of quail and always a nesting pair or more of mallards. The ridge above us is a 1k ft higher in the Rattlesnake Hills ..... not to be confused with the Rattlesnake Ridge over by Snoqualmie Pass or Rattlesnake Creek just off the Naches River up Hwy 410 heading toward Mt. Rainier. Someone important needs to do some renaming locally. I haven't seen a rattlesnake in 40 years and it was up on the Tieton River 60 miles from here.

Kalispell, MT(Zone 4b)

I think they will be in in 1 to 2weeks Donna. Hopefully they have RIRor other brown egger.
Bummer no flowers on my Hamamelis yet. Still winter here.

vadap ,
Is this really how you keep your drinks cold ???
http://www.funpic.hu/files/pics/00003/00003394.jpg
Saves power on your Bar Fridge .

vadap ,
Was this really taken in your home town ?
http://www.funpic.hu/files/pics/00029/00029826.jpg

Aurora, CO(Zone 5b)

Could have been. But, our phone booths (which there aren't really many of anymore) aren't that nice- note screen in top corner. That wouldn't last without a coat of paint for long.

Yes I know the story .
Happens here also .

Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

Photographer, We did pass near your location Sunday on our way to Bend. The Reno trip was good except for the weather!!!!! I drove in the dark, (left home at 4:00 am) through snow almost all the way to Wenatchee where we got on the bus. There were 36 people on a 45 passenger bus so had plenty of room. Drove through snow most of the way to Reno, had to stop about 10 miles out of Reno so the bus driver and a couple of nice people on the bus could put the cable chaines on. We were supposed to go to Tahoe on Tues. but the Patrol people closed the highway, too much ice. I was happy, didn't want to travel on that steep road, but we did have a very good driver. Wed. morning we went to Boomtown which is about 8 or so miles east of Reno, not much traffic as Donner Pass was closed. Miles of trucks we saw on TV waiting for the hwy. to open. We got close to the Blue Mtns, Friday, most of the time driving thru snow, had to stop again to put chains on.

When we arrived at the Wild Horse Casino, about the first thing we saw at the entrance was a sign saying 'No Truck Parking, Lot Full'. Never saw so many trucks, Hundreds of them. But just as we got there the Chains required was lifted and the trucks were leaving. Bet the casino made a lot of money as the trucks were there more than one night, so I'm sure the drivers were in the casino.

Anyway, I came home with more money than I left with, so fun for me. Enough money I hope to pay for getting my pickup fixed. Since it is the weekend the repair shop is closed so I don't know if the pickup got repaired yet or not.

Donna

Kalispell, MT(Zone 4b)

Gee Donna I thought you would win enough to buy a new pickup. LOL Sounds like you had fun. Love the snow. We have had a lot also but only in high 20's and days in the 30's.

Moxee, WA(Zone 4a)

DonnaS, You must have passed right by the exit to Moxee on I-82 combo Hwy 97 as you drove by Yakima. I assume you continued on to Toppenish then turned of I-82 and headed for Goldendale and onto Bend. I've driven that way 50 times or more over the years. Nice to learn you were able to win a little bit. Most of your companions on the trip must have been envious. Something like 93% lose? Having lived in Carson City I gained an appreciation for the area but there are some huge negatives about Nevada in comparison to where you live today. Welcome back home.

Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

Wish I had won enough for a new pickup, but felt happy to come home with more money than I went with, mostly from playing Blackjack. Don't care much for slots, but love cards.

Yes we did go by Toppenish, but stopped at Legends casino across the way then on to Bend. We used to go to Carson City, but the casino there decided they didn't really want bus patronage, don't know why. Liked to eat lunch at the casino there. Actually there were quite a few winners among the 37 bus passengers.

vadap ,
Looks like the U.S Navy are getting into the Gardening spirit also ?

http://www.funpic.hu/files/pics/00022/00022375.jpg

Aurora, CO(Zone 5b)

gotta keep those admirals happy.

Do you have one of these ???
http://www.funpic.hu/files/pics/00005/00005072.jpg
Great for thirsty Gardeners . Like US .

Aurora, CO(Zone 5b)

To right! LOL

West Jordan, UT

I just want to say that I'm chuckling at all the mentions of 'Yakima' and 'Toppenish'. We have a board game we just love called "The Farming Game". Ever heard of it? It's sort of like Monopoly except that its more of a you vs. nature kind of thing and you've got to pick the right crops to grow in order to make big money on the harvest. The various farms you can buy have names like "Toppenish Tom" and "Wapato Willie". Obviously the game is 'set' in the Yakima Valley.

So, now whenever I hear those place names, I chuckle like it's some sort of inside joke. If you haven't played "The Farming Game" it's a must have- if you can find it. I've got lots of happy memories playing it with my extended family.

Anyway, sorry for the sidetrack. I'm glad your trip was a lot of fun. I've often wondered if the near-constant closing of the Donner pass doesn't have a lot more to do with economics than safety. Perhaps it's living in the mountains where roads are rarely closed that I'm cynical of that whole process.

Kalispell, MT(Zone 4b)

Then they have "George Washington", "Carol Quincy", " Pasco Pete", "Efron Euphrata", and most delightfull "Othello Shakespear". The villians must be "Hank Hanford", "Mattawa Mike", "Sam Salmon", and "Villanous Zilla". LOL

Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

Steve You must play that game, you have such a good sense of humor. Love the names you mention.

Donna

Kalispell, MT(Zone 4b)

I always saw eastern Washington as an escape from the pressures of Seattle. Tonasket was my favorite. But each exploration of the drylands and isolated areas gave me great pleasure of oneness with my Creator. I have always loved sagelands of the eastern Washington.

Moxee, WA(Zone 4a)

Soferdig, Eastern Washington is different and a couple hours distant. The things that Seattle has the most of ..... I would not want near me. Tonasket is a terrific area for sure. The downside to these small isolated areas can be as little as the cost or time to fetch groceries or the time it takes to reach a decent hospital with all the necessities. There are pluses and minuses to everywhere. Most people choose the place they reside based on 1 factor (employment). People generally move due to 1 factor (employment or lack thereof). Most folks adapt and eventually grow to appreciate the place they live to the extent that it becomes home to them (human nature).

Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

Photographer, i think your are exactly right. I have lived here all my long life and really wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I have been in all but 3 of the 50 states, most of Canada, Some of Europe, quite a bit of S. America, and I still prefer N. Central WA. However I do wish we would get some rain. I am having to irrigate already. Planted peas, radishes, lettuce and spinach yesterday and now have to water the seeds in. Forty degrees this morning and cloudy, but I don't think there is any rain in the clouds.

Donna

Kalispell, MT(Zone 4b)

I always appreciated the value of Seattle until the population prevented me from doing so. That is why I moved to Kalispell. I guess I couldn't adapt after 22 years of Seattle growth. After all I came from a town of 1800 in Michigan to Seattle (there was a sign: "Will the last one in Seattle turn the lights off") This was a perfect time in the great city. I now have the opportunity to chose my location and travel to my place of employment. You never know when the check is coming but you always know your neighbor.

Moxee, WA(Zone 4a)

Soferdig, The worst crisis facing the world is population. I have my limits and enjoy my surroundings (or lack thereof). I dislike having to go shopping because of all the people confined in the store while I'm there. That tells all. I was born in Seattle 10 yrs before the Space Needle was built. We lived on Queen Anne Hill overlooking Elliot Bay. We could ride our bikes to the Farmers Market. My dad and I would go shopping at the original Eddie Bauer store for fishing gear. Eddie himself would show us the bamboo fly rods. Things have changed but did they have to change so drastically ?

Kalispell, MT(Zone 4b)

Yes they have. I cannot respond anyway but to change my choice of living areas. Everywhere is a growth area and I suppose that is what the destination of man on the planet is. I do fear for my grandchildren. I went to the old Eddie Bauer store also and found it a magic place. Not anymore.

Moxee, WA(Zone 4a)

Soferdig, I'm getting the hell outa dodge before long. I figure 2-3 years and I'll be set up to leave permanently when my soon to be ninth grader graduates from HS ........ we'll be retired and residing part time in Japan with my wife's parent's in the Central Alps region near Matsumoto. The native Azalea plants there in Nagano are incredible. The rest of the time we'll be visiting/vacationing my with our sons and daughter somewhere here, there ...... but nothing will be permanent. Kalispell is nice. My dad's first cousin died last year. He was about 70. His widow lives near Yellow Bay... on Flathead ..... just a few hundred feet from the Yellow Bay grocery store. We never even got notified when he passed. Kelly

Kalispell, MT(Zone 4b)

I would like to have family in Japan. Good place to visit. Do you go over often? I love the Japanese. When I worked in Seattle area I was in Bellevue area almost 22 yrs. Many of my best clients were Japanese and they loved their pets so much. Steve

Moxee, WA(Zone 4a)

Steve Soferdig,

My wife and 5 yr old son have been there now for a week. I've only been 5 times in 20 years. The mountainous areas like Nagano are scenic ..... 98 Winter Olympics. Tokyo is 10 time more of a hell hole than Seattle has become. The Japanese are good people. The WWII problems was a few leading the loyal masses who had/have been brainwashed to believing in a certain ..... not to accepting way. Some still believe the Emperor is descended from God. Since he's Japanese ..... you get the idea ... they're closer to perfection than any other ethnic group. That belief has dissipated in the past 40 years but they (in general) still have a self pride that is Himalayan in comparison to most groups self image. They like many Asian ethnics are able to do whatever to get their kids to reach beyond the ordinary or average. My wife goes there every year with 1-2-3 of the kids. We could buy a home almost with the airfare spent. Her folks have come to visit once in 20 years ........ pretty much worthless grandparents in my opinion. Everyone has their faults .... that is their BIG fault and even bigger loss. My mom has 22 gr kids ...... mine are the cream of the crop. Tragic that they've had to grow up without the ability to spend much time with their grandparents.

Kelly, don`t forget to drop by and say Hi .
Next you are in Aus . Kell

Moxee, WA(Zone 4a)

Ginger, I fully intend to visit. I'll be on this board for a few more years. I enjoy the flowers. I have this project to get through ....... gotta get 50% done and the website technician can run with it. Scanning & watermarking 12mil images is tedious and time consuming. I am positioned well cash wise so it is now just a matter of effort over several months time. In 2 weeks I'll be adding 5 PC's for watermarking at night while I sleep. I'll be able to load 20k images onto each machine (using a 500gb eSATA HDD. I can daisy chain the software through 20 converted rolls and start the watermarking. All I have to do is sleep. My wife can burn the 10 or so DVD discs in 20 minutes in the morning with each machine burning a couple discs. At this point I have it down to a science. Collecting/obtaining the 15k rolls of microfilm for the firm and clients was a Himalayan achievement. But we took our time ...... 16 yrs and paid a third of the price they sell for new today ($64 each).

We got snow yesterday morning on the hills 4 miles to the north across the valley. Spring is here ...... my lawn is turning green. Kelly

Kelly , Paul will be back tomorrow ,
He might come and help you so you can get here a little faster ?
ppl from The Mid-South are coming here on mass in the next 12 months .
PARTY TIME FOLKS .

Kalispell, MT(Zone 4b)

All families have losses from lack of something or too much something else. I'm sorry to hear that they have not chosen to be as much a part as you wanted. I am dealing with my parents both having serious problems at the same time. So I am going to stop working for a while and spend time with them. Family is so important. Steve.

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