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Re: Snow cover map :
Posted by Jim Wilmington DE 7a
on 1/5/2018, 2:57 pm, in reply to "Snow cover map :
It seems that in the East, most winters present a challenge of one sort or another to us and/or our marginal plants.
We have kind of seen it all just since 2000. We've seen extreme cold, durational cold, incredible snowfall, and winds to beat the band. And sometimes, we've had all of that in one winter!
I'm convinced that there are places -- huge swaths of land -- where people simply weren't meant to live year 'round. Delaware is certainly one of those places. Highs in the teens today and tomorrow. Nighttime lows flirting with zero. And across all of this, strong winds.
Since 2007, I've lost just 2 palms. I think this winter, I could lose 2 more. We'll just have to see. Any lost palms will be replaced with bulletproof hardy plants. Growing marginals is a young person's game. I'm getting out of the business. Those palms of mine that hang on and survive, more power to them. The weaker ones that don't, it was fun while it lasted.
Jim, Wilmington, DE, 7a
Last 30 Years Avg. Winter Low: 7.50F
Last 20 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.35F
Last 10 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.40F
Favorite Palms: Species: Phoenix Canariensis / Genus: Sabal