Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Snow Stick
Gardening in Ottawa

I would like to introduce you to my friend, the snow stick. I use it yearly as diversion while the snow melts away, sometimes slowly and sometimes in a sudden slushy flood.

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Snow stick in front of winter sown flowers.

This year started off as an El Nino year meaning less percipitation and higher temperatures so we got less snow than usual. Therefore I could only jam it 20cm into the ground:

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The snow may be higher, we'll see. The fun really starts when you lose support near the end but by then I am usually doing the happy spring dance (on the pavement so as not to damage the soil...) so it doesn't matter.


El Nino and Canada

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