I read garden blogs and so many folks live in warmer zones. I don't think they have any idea what it is like to get winter for four to five months each year. Even once the snow goes, it takes a long time for the soil to warm up. In fact, I was told not to plant runner beans until after June 14th as the soil is just too cold for them to germinate. So what we do plant in this climate has to be a very fast grower and has to reach its peak in about 60 days if we want to enjoy either the fruit or the flower.
View out the back door onto the back deck. We can't even clear off the snow now because there is no place to put it. The snowbanks right beside the deck are 5-6 feet tall.
Tekla as she comes up the ramp from her lair in the garage (where the darkened door is). She has a bed in there and she spends many hours keeping watch on the outdoors. If a squirrel decides to visit the bird feeders, he has to deal with a dog in full chase.
Actually today is a little warmer and we have had sunshine for 3 days now. This means the roads have actually melted down to the asphalt and you can see black roads for the first time in over a month. Today's temperature was -12 Celsius at 8 am, and is now up to -2.5 Celsius at noontime.