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They stay black until you click on them.
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Alan_L wrote:Steve: those images never display for me -- they just show as black.
True. You have to actually click on them, to show the image. I guess it's protection against using the image on other websites.
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Maybe post them as a link then instead of an image. Less confusing. :drunken:
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Our temperatures have been very erratic in the fall so far, but based on how it is looking for the Farmer's Almanac, it looks like the Great Lakes region along with most of the US is in for a very brutal winter. I guess that means tarping is necessary for just about anything that can be covered since the chances of extremely cold nights may happen this coming winter.

http://www.farmersalmanac.com/weather/2 ... -forecast/
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Looks like it is getting below freezing pretty seen now with a forecast of below average temperatures most of December. I will be putting in the rest of the garlic and perhaps tarping some bamboos in the next few days since little to no photosynthesis can happen with temperatures below 40F.

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Yup...
I get the same forecast - way below average for the coming weeks.

I was hoping a good amount of snowfall would flat my bamboos so I don't have to tarp them, but...will need to find something tomorrow.
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If all your bamboos are still tiny and under 6ft, those jumbo sized clear plastic leaf bags that people put out on their driveways should be sufficient as long as winter conditions don't cause it to tear.

If it's too small, most garden centers or hardware stores will have that plastic that you put on your seats to avoid getting them dirty, and most people would let you take some of those for free. I've also learned that you need nice heavy logs to keep tarps secure, especially when you get a 75mph wind storm with no snow on the ground. The little 2-3 inch branches just don't cut it.
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managed to tarp my bamboos with various items found around the house (including old bedsheets and blankets) - just in time for the first semi-wintery blast last night. Now it is mostly covered with an inch of snow. i think this will be enough to protect my bamboo till next spring. My only concern now is of those field mice. It's like a sanctuary for them under those tarps, complete with juicy green leaves...
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It was only about 2-3 inches this time around, but that is still unusually early to have snow accumulation at this time of the year. When winter starts early, it usually sticks around for a pretty long time because snow reflects sunlight causing a spiral effect, and generally a colder winter. It doesn't guarantee that we will get record lows, but I think it raises the chances by quite a bit so it's much safer having the bamboos tarped already.

Here's a stronger snow storm in the forecast for the next few days.
http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-n ... e/20298116
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Couldn't field mice be wiped out easily with some baited traps?
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Looks like more record lows possibly on the way. Unless the weather pattern changes, it's almost certainly going to dip below 0F this winter.

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Around -5C last morning and predicted even lower temperature tonight.

Mostly everything that is soft is getting scorched by cold, bamboo is hardly affected so far. Well, Borinda fungosa's late shoots are getting squishy, but hardened culms are still nice and green. As it should be hardy up to -8C, I'm beginning to feel a bit concerned about it. :) It looks that this year, it will get tested for it's hardiness. Last year it was burried under thick snow from the beginning of the winter to the end.

We have no snow and strong northeastern wind with bright and 'strong' sun that hardly heats up the air above freezing. Relative humidity is only around 35%.
These temperatures are low, but not uncommon for this time of year. I hope they don't fall any lower and that we get at least some snow insulation soon.
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Today in Nova Scotia.
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Very Pretty!

It's getting cold here, arctic air from western canada and alaska is moving in and here to stay for a week or more. A few (hopefully) light snow showers are also in the 7-10 day forecast. Should be a good hardiness test for some of the borindas and other plants planted in the last 2 years. I think this winter could be a cold one :|
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JWH, I hope your Borindas survive the winter with minimal damage. Same hopes for my fungosa as well. :)

After several days with morning low temperature around -8C, strong frost that persisted through the day in shaded locations, despite sunny weather, it's looking worse every day. Some of the leaves gave up after first severe frost, somewhere around -4C. Fresh shoots (2.5m tall already!) as well. With persistent cold, more leaves shriveled in the following days, but it surprisingly seemed to like being exposed to sun with no leaf curl on remaining leaves. With lows at -8C, there are still leaves that are alive, but they are getting some damage, I've noticed small brown spots emerging on most of them. I'm not sure why some of the leaves die instantly, some resist a bit more, and there are some, that will fight the winter quite some time.

We won't see any snow cover in another week or two, yet, cold temperatures with moderate northern winds will stay around. Hopefully, Borinda fungosa seedling ends up victorious so I can be sure that it won't get killed by our winters.

Btw, soil is frozen down to 9 cm deep. It will go deeper without snow insulation, I'm afraid...
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Thanks Tarzanus, here's to hoping all your plants survive winter there!

So far everything looks fine after lastnights -5.5c/22f. Thats the coldest nighttime low since the winter of 2010/11. Beautiful clear sunny day Today! The high temp even made it slightly above freezing 1.6c/35f for a few hours. It stayed frosty in the shade, and the soil is frozen to about 1cm in those areas. The north wind is very light at 1-5mph with gusts to 10mph. It looks like the clear and cold weather stays for 5-6 more days, then things get interesting with snow and freezing rain in the long range forecast. :shock:
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