archangel mat

Jim McKenney
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:32:27 PST
George, take a look at the Wikipedia entry: it distinctly shows 27 degrees F. And it does not show -27 degrees F. If you Google "Archangel, Russia, current temperature" it shows a similar reading. 

And 27 degrees C would be closer to what Buenos Aires is enjoying (22 C) right now.

Jim McKenney 

On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 8:09 PM, George Brinson <> wrote:
Jim ...... are you certain that is 27 F. - maybe it might be  -27 C. :)! 
Russia is on metric if I am not mistaken.

George Brinson.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Jim McKenney
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 8:44 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] archangel mat

Thanks, Peter, that add more to the story. The Wikipedia entry for Archangel 
[Arkhangelsk] mentions that the area is a center for the timber industry 
(but limes, Tilia, are not mentioned).
Something funny: when I checked the Wikipedia entry, the side bar seemed be 
giving the current temperature in Archangel: 27 degrees F. The current 
temperature here in Maryland is 25 degrees F!

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, evidently colder right now 
than the shores of the White Sea over 1750 miles north of here.

On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 5:58 PM, Peter Franks 
<> wrote:

Hi Jim & Peter

The reference to Archangel may come from the name of a northern region of
Russia called Arkhangelskaya Oblast which has a coastline on the Arctic
Ocean. The capital of this region we know as Archangel [Arkhangelsk in

Do lime trees grow that far north?

Peter in Sydney

-----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of Peter Taggart
Sent: Wednesday, 12 February 2014 9:45 AM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] archangel mat

it is a mat for protecting frames from frost in spring, it measures 5 feet
by 8 feet. see here, page 94…
Peter (UK)

On 11 February 2014 22:30, Peter Taggart <> wrote:

> A *mat*, made in Russia, from the inner bark of Lime trees, used for
> covering garden *frames* to keep out frost. *...* Greenhouse *plants* of
> slender growth, with brightly-coloured, funnel-shaped *flowers* in
> summer; they are suitable in cultivation in *...*
> On 11 February 2014 22:13, Jim McKenney <>wrote:
>> Can anyone tell me what an archangel mat is? I ran across the term in a
>> British gardening book published in the early 1950s: the way the author
>> wrote, it seems that by that time they were already becoming uncommon.
>> were recommended for covering cold frames in severe weather.
>> Is the term an old generic term for some sort of floor mat?

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