I spent some of my weekend getting ready for Comic Con. Just got the word this morning that they are sold out of tickets. Whoo-hoo! I can’t wait! If you’re going, I’ve got a link to a nifty floor-plan to help you get around. Map Your Show. And if you’re looking to see where I’ll be, here’s a link to my event’s page. Kim Harrison’s events
Weather wise, it’s been a couple of lousy weekend in a row here, and with CC taking up next weekend, the chance to get into the yard before it gets really cold is looking slimmer. I’ve been picking away at putting the yard to bed–as in taking down hanging baskets, doing quick, spontaneous tours of the yard with a bucket and scissors to cut the stuff that is failing from the cold, bringing in things I don’t want to leave out all winter–but it’s been too nasty to put the time in properly. I swear I saw snow Saturday, just a few flakes of it, while in the home improvement parking lot.
According to the people who make up the zone maps, I am no longer in zone five, but six, which could have delayed my bulb shipment until October 31st. In essence they are saying my weather in Michigan is commensurate with say . . . upper Tennessee. Right. I complained to the bulb guy, who was more interested in getting clever with me than actually helping, that we could have snow on October 31st and I wanted my bulbs now, when they originally told me they would be coming, and he bumped me up in the schedule to almost where I was before they decided to change everything. (I’ve got them, and I’ve just about put them all to bed.)
The problem is that the idea behind the old zone maps don’t work anymore. Just saying it’s warmer doesn’t cut it. It also gets colder sooner in the fall and later into the spring. The gardening community needs to use a mapping system that takes that into account, but until they do, I’ll just not put in anything that is on the edge of tolerance.