My Garden Blog: A website to document the challenge of growing a variety of perennials in a northern Canadian climate. I post plenty of pictures of my gardening projects and welcome comments. La Ronge, Saskatchewan is in Zone 1b (USDA zone 2a), sitting on the Canadian shield at 55° 06' N latitude, 105° 16' W longitude.
There is still not much action in the garden, aside from a few brave (though late) crocuses. I did a time lapse video of the first brave blooms over last weekend. The blank field of white in the video is the day we got a blanket of snow over everything (see the last picture in this post to get the full picture). I've heard there have been some "protests of winter" in the province and I can't say I'm not also getting a bit weary of the cold and ice.
Today was sunny and followed a night of strong winds that appears to have shattered the neighbours plastic garbage bin and moved our barbeque across the deck. The ice on Lac La Ronge is turning dark and should hopefully sink in the next 10 days. We will look forward to the tinkling bits of the ice making their final appearances.
Blue herons at Montreal River, just west of La Ronge
Montreal River at sunset
Our yard 7 days ago (April 21, 2013)
Thankfully, most of the snow has melted, except for in shady spots where it had been piled up over the winter. This does mean that the spring clean-up in the perennial beds will need to be done soon. Though a little later than usual, I should also be planting my direct-seeded annuals soon. I have a few dwarf cosmos to try out.