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The Science Of Flowers Outside In A Minnesota Winter

Winter is finally, finally here and with it comes that one part of the season that most of us just aren't too keen on. The cold. Well, most of us Northerners can manage okay, but usually we get a little bit of time to adjust. Not this 60 degrees one day, -15 degrees the next nonsense. Whose brilliant idea was that?

Anyway, it's not just a mental hurdle to get over. There really is an adjustment period to the cold. And these sudden shifts can be catastrophic, to just about anything or anyone. Sudden drops in temperature are linked to an increased risk of stroke in humans. Animals, especially small, isolated populations, have difficulty surviving those extreme swings as well. And plants? Well, sometimes plants mistake an unusually balmy December for springtime, and begin their budding process, only to have it brutally interrupted by a rapid cold snap. This type of weather can be an utter disaster for farmers in certain regions.

Speaking of flowers, get a load of this guy! I can't imagine how much money he spent on so many flowers (let's hope someone already enjoyed their ephemeral beauty and fragrance before they met this fate), but boy is he determined to demonstrate how cold Minnesota is. Well, it's obviously pretty cold. Those flowers never stood a chance. Some food crops are surprisingly hardy through the winter, but only if you create the perfect environment. But this guy's driveway is a far cry from a well-planned hoop house.
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