I am old enough to have lived a history which includes remembering in a broader sense personal experiences from varieties of weather and seasons over the years.
On two occasions around World War II time, it snowed heavy wet stuff on my birthday of mid September, and once later while watching a September Saturday football game at old Memorial Stadium.
I like winter here in Gopherland, but it is so long. I have long prayed for local ‘global warming’…..at least at the local level where I do my landscaping both as a career and as an artistic enslavement to the grounds where I live here in Minnetonka. For the first thirty five years of my life there was usually still tons of ice and snow covering the grounds where I lived then in St. Paul throughout the month of April. Snow usually dumped its first load well before Thanksgiving.
Horticultural zone five is in my view the ideal landscape gardening climate zone. So many of the worlds most beautiful flowering woody plants tolerate zone five AND one can still plant a wider variety of coniferous evergreens as well.
Honest local weather gurus are forecasting a mini-cooling again of our regions over the next fifty to seventy years, since these minor swings of our local war of comfort versus winter have a time frame all of their own. Since in am already in my 80s I won’t have much to worry about. So, by this article I merely want to record the following……
THAT THIS PAST 2015 GROWING SEASON IN OUR GREATER TWIN CITY, MINNESOTA AREA WAS THE BEST SEASON FOR CLIMATE FOR THE ART OF LANDSCAPE GARDENING FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS!
There were no dust bowl storms in April or May…..no torrential rains or poundings of sleet, no floodings, no hail, and only a day or two of temperatures of 90 degrees F, and then only for an hour or so each day. Best of all, there was no drought especially during the hottest weeks. For more than two month the heavens gently, reliably watered my grounds every second or third day, late evening or early morning, as if my sprinkler system had managed the entire timing.
And one further, well received blessing. ….there has been NO FROST over my grounds yet. Only one wussy hosta showed a hint of frost perhaps one hour of wandering 32 degrees to one leaf.