a new zone

Where I live, here on the Connecticut coast about 1¼ miles from the waters of western Long Island Sound, all my gardening books tell me I live in Zone 6. Winters are supposed to get as cold as -10° F. But now I live in Zone 7, where winters rarely get colder than 0° F. Or so the Gardener’s Guide to Global Warming says.

It’s appalling to move the slider between 1990 and 2006 and see how much the zones shift north.

According to the Guide, our state flower, the mountain laurel, is endangered by the rise in tempterature. The Guide contains a map of state trees and state flowers throughout the United States that are endangered by climate change—that, too, is appalling to look at.

This is just 16 years of change.

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