Pepperell, Massachusetts, United States
northern "New England", near the New Hampshire border
USDA Zone 5
member of: Pacific Bulb Society, IBS, NARGS
Very cold, snowy, although winter-long snow cover can be unreliable some years. Usually we have several weeks where nights reach -8 °F (-22 °C) and daytime highs reach 10 °F (-12 °C). The ground is typically frozen from November through March/April. Frost penetration is at least 12" (30 cm) or more. Winter of 2002/2003 snowfall totals = nearly 6' (2 meters).
Inconsistent summer weather, but usually July and August are very hot and humid. Typical hot spell temperatures reach 92-98, or even 100 d F (approx. 35 - 38 °C). Summer rainstorm deluges are typical, so too are summer droughts and water bans some years. Autumn is glorious in New England!
Allium (particularly as landscape plants), hardy aroids, Eriogonum, Penstemon, native North American flora, alpines, hardy hibiscus (and hybridizing within this group), Sempervivum & Jovibarba (hardy succulents), small or unusual ornamental shrubs and trees.
Occupation and other interests:
CAD Systems Manager / Co-IT Manager for Boston area Architectural/Engineering/Planning firm.