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Old 08-18-2008, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Central Virginia
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Thanks, Keeper! Sounds pretty nice. I do hate the season of no green being so into gardening ... but it makes Spring VERY VERY much appreciated so it is worth it. When does gardening officially end down there as far as the blooms freezing? And when do the daffodils come up?
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Old 08-18-2008, 03:58 PM
 
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I would say that the first frost generally comes sometime in November. Seems variable though. The first year I lived here my petunias bloomed until December. Daffodils seem to bloom in early/mid March IIRC. Some years I am able to over winter caladiums outside (in pots), though not every year. I don't intend to do this, I just leave the pots outside I usually plant annuals around May 1, though neighbors will plant in April.

I do wear a coat (and gloves) in the Winter. Especially in January and February. There will be warm days mixed with cold days. Lots of sun, generally. Don't know were you are from, but to me it is not as cold "down here" as it is in, say Roanoke or Charlottesville. As for snow, if you look at the weather service stats, we technically get it, though there is rarely accumulation that is more than a dusting of snow. You'll see it in the early morning hours but it would typically be gone by 8 am or so. The ground is pretty warm, even through the winter.

We are in a multi-year drought right now, so the weather is a little bit wacky. Or maybe this will be the "new normal" if you believe in global warming. Who knows.
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:10 PM
 
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I was told that if you plant tulips here, you have to bring up the bulbs after they bloom or the bulbs will rot due to the long, hot summer.
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Anyone have any experience overseeding a bermuda lawn with fescue seeds? My lawn is bermuda. My neighbor has bermuda too but he aerates it around October and overseeds it with fescue for the purposes of getting a green lawn in winter as the bermuda goes dormant. Anyone else try this?
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Central Virginia
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We're in Charlottesville and although we have 40's and sometimes 50's during the days in winter, the nights are in the 20's. Sounds nice on frost in Nov. We don't get snow unless it's an inch and it's gone by afternoon. BUT! We have 6 mo. w/o leaves on the trees and that's too boring for me. :-) Our garden time is April - October, so sounds like you've got an extra mo. on each end which is really nice.
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:48 PM
 
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You may miss the fall color. Some years we don't have much color at all. Seems like the fall color (if it does come) will arrive in November. So, we'll generally have leaves until then.

Spring definitely comes earlier here. Fall will be later too. Maybe a month like you're saying. Could be more depending on the year but would rarely be less. It is quite common for it to be very warm (even hot) on Halloween, if that gives you any idea. I actually miss the "chill" in the air and it's funny to see the kids sweating in their costumes.
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:54 PM
 
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The Fall colors have been gorgeous here and we're not far from the Blue Ridge Pkwy for a real showing! But we could always head north into TN right? The warmer weather is what is needed so I'll give up the Fall colors which are best with maples. A fair trade-off :-)
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:02 PM
 
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Now, you can have maples here, for sure. So, there is color but some years not as much. Just not like what you'll find in the Appalachian Mountain areas of TN, NC and VA. More of a "guarantee" in those areas for some color. Yeah, you could take a weekend trip for color but you may even have it here.

I noticed that you lived in Montgomery for a while. I think our Fall is not as hot as Montgomery and you'll still have cooler nights and mornings. For example, last night we slept with the windows open, very nice for mid-August--but it isn't always like this. Montgomery can be miserable, even late into Sept. in my experience.

You know, I should probably mention that the alternating and coliding of the hot and cold of the airmasses from the Gulf and the Plains is why we have the severe weather (code for tornado) that we have here in the Spring and Fall. Though I think the more Southern parts of AL are a little bit more prone to this type of weather than we are.
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:12 PM
 
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Yes, Montg area was too hot -- it just never cooled off, which is why I was checking so intently on Huntsville. Don't really wanna go back to that kind of heat day and night. Nice to know about the Maples. Very nice!

I lived in Okla. City for 4 years and have family there (hubby's side) so tornadoes are familiar -- not an issue. Thanks for mentioning though.
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Anybody know anything about that little cemetery on the south side of University just before transitioning to southbound Research Parkway?
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