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Uh-oh [Jan. 16th, 2007|07:15 am]
Zoethe
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Saturday I went for a walk and noticed that the daffodils are peeking up in many yards, fooled by the mildness of the weather. Those many yards include my own.

Today it is snowing. Winter is inevitable - we will get at least some of it. But now it's likely to be really hard on spring bulbs. I don't know if the shoots will survive, not that they are a couple inches above the ground.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2007-01-16 01:20 pm (UTC)
You beat me to it; I was going to post this very same thing. Our daffodils are peeking through the mulch as well. I guess temperatures in the 60s will fool even the smartest plant or flower.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-16 01:51 pm (UTC)
I mentioned this to someone here in the office, and she had talked to a plant expert. Apparently, as long as they don't bud, they should be okay.

I hope.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2007-01-16 02:14 pm (UTC)
I hope so, too. I also hope that our cherry tree doesn't begin to bud, too.

Perhaps the 30 degree temps we're supposed to have over the next few days will correct things.
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[User Picture]From: smldada9801
2007-01-16 01:32 pm (UTC)
We don't have snow yet, but I do have one little purple (crocus maybe) bloom sitting out front right now out here in DE.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-16 01:51 pm (UTC)
Probably a crocus. I don't have any - need to plant some.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2007-01-16 01:37 pm (UTC)
Maybe the plants will think it's a REALLY short growing season and will bloom again when REAL Spring comes again?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-16 01:52 pm (UTC)
I learned from a coworker that Aaparently, as long as they don't bud, they should be okay.

Keeping my fingers crossed.
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[User Picture]From: mamculuna
2007-01-16 02:29 pm (UTC)
Here in the South all the Japanese magnolias are in full bloom. The cold hits us tonight, so I think I'll take a farewell walk this afternoon.
The real spring will be a barren thing when it comes--at least the azaleas haven't opened yet. I hope. Need to check, I guess.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-16 02:40 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's sad to lose them like that.
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[User Picture]From: gelsey
2007-01-16 03:16 pm (UTC)
They should be fine. My mum is an avid gardener and ours are already up, but she's not worried about them with the return to cold and bluster. I think as long as they're not getting ready to bloom yet they should be fine.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-16 03:36 pm (UTC)
That's what I heard from another friend. Which is a relief. However, my butterfly bushes, which are already covered with new green leaves, may be another matter....

I love my garden, but I am still a newby to gardening in so many ways.
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[User Picture]From: gelsey
2007-01-16 03:39 pm (UTC)
Hmm, even if those leaves are damaged, I think the plant will probably be fine, it'll just leaf out again later. I'm not 100% sure, but that seems to be my experience. They might just be slower to grow/flower later this year.

I've been exposed to my mum's gardening for so many years, I've inadvertantly picked up a lot from her :D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-16 03:42 pm (UTC)
I resisted plant knowledge as a foolish child. Then again, I had such bad allergies that it was not an experience associated with anything pleasant.
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[User Picture]From: moon_ferret
2007-01-16 03:45 pm (UTC)
It is so F*ing cold here, I think it is going to take the full winter, no matter what the temps to convince stuff to come out. On the bright side, that will make for some beautiful gardens here in spring. After we dig out from under all the fallen trees again. FEMA money is on its was as we are offically a DISASTER AREA ONOZ! This means I get my wood picked up for free. Go me.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-16 04:57 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's kinda....

I'd rather pass, I think. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: mycorethoughts
2007-01-16 10:14 pm (UTC)
Having lived up here for eons, I've seen them start to come up a bit early. Once the cold hits, they stop (or slow way down, anyway) their growth. Worst case scenario, you can mulch over them if you're worried about ice getting to them.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-16 11:59 pm (UTC)
Have you seen them January early?

I did heap mulch on the ones I spotted, hoping that will help.
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[User Picture]From: heath_robinson
2007-01-17 12:00 am (UTC)
Posting from the other account..

Yes, but only a few times. I've seen them poke up in early Feb. quite often, though. A few weeks won't hurt them. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-17 12:44 am (UTC)
Good - I am relieved. I love my spring flowers very much.
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[User Picture]From: mistapotta
2007-01-17 09:30 pm (UTC)
As an Ohioan (is that the right adjective?), you might appreciate this.

We've been inundated with a winter storm that has shut down the seventh largest city in America. So I wake up to hear on the news that Interstate 10 has been closed from Cincinnati to Junction, a small town about 100 miles west of here.

I didn't even know I-10 went through Cincinnati.

Turns out Cincinnati is a minor exit on I-10 downtown.

Oh, and shut down means the temperature has been 28-30 for about thirty-six hours with drizzling. We've been out of school since Wednesday. They're still debating whether to close school tomorrow.

Hilarity at being the laughingstock of the nation. I mean, the rest of the country (that part north of the Manson-Nixon line) does get freezing for a few days in a row. And I imagine you do cope with it. Right?

And, yes, we have had snow. Back in 1985 we had thirteen inches of it. The city shut down then, too. Of course, the next day it got up to the upper 50's, so it was gone soon enough.

Just thought you'd find some hilarity in this. I'll have to take some pictures of roses-caked-in-ice later.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-17 09:44 pm (UTC)
Holy cow. That's pretty sad!
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[User Picture]From: daemonnoire
2007-01-18 05:29 pm (UTC)
My typical excuse for behavior like this is as follows: It's not that officials are protecting Texans from the bad weather. It's that they're protecting Texans from other Texans attempting to drive in the bad weather. Up North it ices over and everyone breaks out their foul weather gear, carefully stored from the previous year, and polishes off their ice driving skills. Down South, the rednecks get into their big ol'trucks and become ping-pong balls. Two ton lethal ping-pong balls with sharp metal bits.
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[User Picture]From: mistapotta
2007-01-19 12:41 am (UTC)
More right than you know.


Luckily, I left my ping-pong ball at home.

Oh, today the ice was gone. Now we just have to deal with the fire.
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