What the Unseasonal Winter Means for Nature

Dec 18, 2015

So far this year, winter has been unusually warm. While it feels great to us, it's not the best thing for the flowers and plants around us. 

During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist, and Aaron Steil, Assistant Director of Reiman Gardens, about this year's unusual winter, which has some daffodils flowering early at Iowa State. 

"There's not much we can do to change the weather or to stop these things from doing the things that want they want to do apart from building a greenhouse over it, and even that wouldn't be very beneficial. So you just enjoy it, and know that plants that are adapted to our climates are smart. They know how to deal with this kind of weather; this isn't the first time they've done it."

Jauron and Steil also give ideas for the best garden gifts for the holidays.