|No heavy snow to weigh down the grasses along Lake Shore East, January 2016|
Perhaps we dreamed of a White Christmas in December 2015, but a dream was all it was. And the snow has just kept on not coming.
Toronto often has little snow on the ground in January, but this year has been a stark contrast to the previous two. While we have had some precipitation in the form of rain, the protective snowy blanket that helps borderline plants overwinter in our USDA Z5/Canadian Z6-ish climate is missing.
So, if this keeps up, don’t be surprised if you lose certain plants, despite the milder weather. Sudden cold snaps like the one this week can knock the stuffing out of unprotected plants. That’s just one of the many joys and continual mysteries of gardening.
What’s weather like where you are?