This has been, I am told, an exceptionally mild winter. But for someone who is escaping New England winters, I am certainly not complaining.
I first wrote about my transition in November (2007) in A Gardener's Soul: Growing Zone 5 to Zone 7. Moving from growing zone 5 in western MA to growing zone 7 in VA allows landscape gardening experimentation and realization of decades-old dreams of warm weather gardens.
Winter months quickly passed. We tallied up:
- one small snow storm that left quickly melting snow,
- an ice storm after which the ice also quickly melted, and
- high winds which brought down utility lines causing power outages and forest fires.
- Spring Arrives in Plant Zone 7. Early spring in Virginia (USA) arrives with the blooming of snow drops (Galanthus nivalis) and winter jasmine (Jasminium nudiflorum).
- Leap Day and Spring Flowers. Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) and Crocus Tomasianus, reminders of Sissinghurst Gardens and Vita Sackville-West, surprise us here in Zone 7 at the end of February.