Snow Flowers

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  1. Steve North

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    Every late fall, I plant SNOW FLOWERS all over the front lawn and part of the back garden..
    I put them on the grass and I space them about 12" apart..
    When the snow comes, they start to grow and the deeper the snow, the taller they grow..
    They ALWAYS stay under the top of the snow, so you don't really get to see them at all, however knowing they are there makes the winter somewhat brighter and more colourful looking out the window..
    When the snow starts to melt in the spring, they shrink with the snow and by the time the snow has gone, so have the flowers and any trace of them..

    I was just wondering if I am the only crazy nut that plants SNOW FLOWERS or does someone else do that as well.....
     
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    Since we don't have snow, I don't plant snow flowers but sounds cool.
     
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    I once read of a new mother who used cloth diapers and in the winter time when it snowed heavily and she got tired of rinsing out the poo poo ones....she would just open the window and throw those dirty poo diapers out in the snow. All the fresh snow would cover them...but by the time the Spring thaw came she had a yard full of dirty diapers! :)
     
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    @Steve North , what a delightfully crazy idea! I like the red ones. They make such a pretty contrast to the white snow. :D
     
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    @Shirley Martin , Steve is talking about real flowers (I think) not the painted on ones.
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    A snow plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) in spring
     
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    I don't think so. I think his flowers are a lovely fantasy. Sort if like fairies dancing on moonbeams. I could be wrong. But I sure hope not. :D
     
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    I agree, @Shirley Martin , I think Steve is teasing us about his snow flowers, too. Planting something a foot apart all over the front and back yard would be a LOT of planting, and Steve has said that he does not do that kind of gardening.
    Besides, after the first year of the flowers being buried in snow all winter and gone by spring, who would even think about doing it every year ?
    Nope, I think you are wrong on this one, @Joe Riley ; but your picture of a snow flower is beautiful just the same, and maybe what @Steve North imagines is blossoming under all that snow every winter. The ones that are painted on the snow are totally awesome, too !!

    PS Love your new avatar Shirley !
     
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    Now I have a headache!:confused:o_O
     
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    Well, just don't have a nosebleed.....
     
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    What I forgot to tell you is that the reason I plant them about a foot apart is because when the temperature drops below the -35c mark, they start to multiply and spread..
    The colder it gets, the more they multiply and the longer it lasts also the more they multiply..
    Eventually, the whole lawn is covered with those LOVELY very colorful flowers that makes our long and cold winters all that more pleasant......................
     
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    I think that you have hit on the answer, and also the reason WHY they are grown under the snow, @Joe Riley . I am pretty sure that growing snow flowers is illegal down here, and probably up in Canada as well.
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    Snow weed.......ajar!
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    Just chill'n!
     
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    SNOW FLOWERS............... Not ................ SNOW WEEDS......
     
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    Just chill'n!;)

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    I love those painted on flowers. I can remember many years when I thought I'd lose my mind if the snow didn't stop coming and cold finally cede to the spring weather.
     
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    I love the painted on flowers, too. When we lived in Idaho (and even down here in Alabama) I went to the dollar store and the thrift shops and found the plastic flowers, cut the stems down and then took that black electrical tape and taped the pretty blossoms onto our lilac bushes, and the azaleas, and all winter long, we had bright flowers blooming outside.
    The next spring, they were still looking great when the shrubs turned green again, so we even had interesting colored flowers along with the real blossoms when they showed up.
    People driving by would stop to look and one even asked me where I found those odd-colored azaleas.
     
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    With all the snow we have had in the past while, my "SNOW FLOWERS" are doing just fine..
    I suppose they have started to grow and will most likely look pretty healthy as we also had some pretty low freezing temperatures especially at night.. Around the -24c mark...
    So far this season, we have received about 3 feet of snow... That's about 90 cms....
     
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    You are doing GREAT, @Steve North , just keep on collecting all of that snow up there in Ontario. We do not need it or want it down here in Alabama, and you are most welcome to any that might be coming in our direction, too.
    We want to do our part to help your snowflowers grow really TALL under that snow this winter.
    Blessings.....
     
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    What fun! I have so enjoyed this thread. Thanks!
     
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