Saturday, July 22, 2006

At the Cabin

Another weekend is here and the pilgrimage of cars going north to the cabin is underway. A couple of weeks ago, I spent the weekend in Hayward, Wisconsin, staying at an incredible renovated Bed and Breakfast called McCormick House. The serene formal English garden with reflecting pool and fountain is worth the visit alone. Both the house and gardens have been totally renovated top to bottom during the past year. If you are ever in that area, this place is worth checking out.

I often get questions about what to plant up north at the cabin. Here in Minneapolis, we live in plant hardiness zone 4. The USDA plant hardiness zone map shows where zone 3 starts. For those of you that don’t want to look at the map, it is north of Minneapolis approximately in a line from McGregor to Cross Lake. So, as you look for plants to plant around your northern cabin or house, make sure that they are labeled for zone 3. Those zone 4 plants are not hardy enough to survive the northern winters.