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Cold winter results in a floriferous, lush growing season?

It has been cold for the past week with today extra chilly as we woke up to -24 C (-11 F). Looking at the forecast it will continue to be cold for the next week (with the warmest temperature being only -10 C (14 F).

(I am not concerned about our bedded perennials as there is significant insulating snow cover at the moment).

But is it my imagination...I recall reading that a cold (snowy?) winter, ALL ELSE BEING EQUAL, often translates into a 'richer' flora in the subsequent growing seasons eg a greater fruit crop?

Is there any truth to this?

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