Pacific Northwest Gardening forum: December - count down to the Solstice

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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Dec 5, 2013 9:54 AM CST
Haven't done much in the yard lately, other than walk-abouts and some indoor planning. Keeping the bird feeders full and the chickens warm. Rather enjoying our cold snap - it sure makes the mountains pop! Perhaps we can share frosty pictures this month.

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I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Dec 5, 2013 6:23 PM CST
Deb those are lovely photos! I think I'm not up early enough to get frosty photos...or if I am, I'm rushing the dog to do her biz and rush back inside! Rolling on the floor laughing Maybe tomorrow I'll take the camera and not be a wimp! BRRR this feels almost like MI, only without my warm coat! Sticking tongue out I tip my hat to you.
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Dec 7, 2013 11:33 AM CST
Speaking of dogs, here's what Frankie brought to my attention this morning:

The thread "Wiley Coyote" in Gardening for Wildlife forum
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Dec 8, 2013 2:30 PM CST
Oh my, that is too close for me.
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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Dec 8, 2013 2:35 PM CST
Yeah, I have been spending time in/out most of the weekend, just to keep an eye on the not-so-smart chickens. That was a bit bold for me as well, you know how close that patio is to our house! Frankie was barking her head off from the deck, which didn't really phase the coyote. Glad the pup wasn't around, she probably would have tried to play with it (her brains have not remotely come in yet).
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Dec 8, 2013 4:25 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Labs are so funny, they think everyone is a friend.
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Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Dec 8, 2013 4:25 PM CST
Took this picture of an ice spike in one of my birdbaths back in 2008. Was really cool looking Smiling and yes it was here in Florida
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Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Dec 8, 2013 4:27 PM CST
Gingin, that is really cool - what caused it?
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Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Dec 8, 2013 4:46 PM CST
Cold temps. The top started to freeze leaving an air hole. The water pushed up and froze. At least that's how it was explained to me Shrug! I'm sure there is a very techno explantion, but that works for me Whistling Hilarious!
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Dec 8, 2013 9:15 PM CST
Gingin - cool photo!
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Dec 10, 2013 2:03 PM CST
Couple more frost photos, although it does seem to be warming up with a bit of cloud cover -- almost up to 30 today:


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I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Dec 11, 2013 6:12 PM CST
BH you are a brave one. I'm getting so I hate the cold. Only went out when I had to.
Here are some ducks sunning themselves during the freeze. Darn things should have flown south.
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Dec 11, 2013 6:36 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing But there's so much food here!! Rolling on the floor laughing Lovey dubby
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Dec 11, 2013 6:55 PM CST
And the dogs love to chase them. yes, the people 4 houses down feed them. Big no no here, but I see nothing, I hear nothing. Whistling
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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Dec 12, 2013 12:50 PM CST
SC, do you have a lake association? I have a friend up here who lived on a much smaller lake than yours and they had so much problems with weed-n-feed run-off that the lake got shut down entirely for quite some time. No one could swim in it and it was really nasty to look at. I thought that was sad, and so very disrespectful of the folks who would not abide by the common-sense lake rules. I guess a manicured lawn was more important than the health of the lake to some...
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
Garden Photography Region: Pacific Northwest Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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springcolor
Dec 12, 2013 1:21 PM CST
Yes, but they just do it for their DGD, soon she will grow up and there will be no more feeding ducks. My DD and I use to feed the duck together. They are such nice people put up with my dogs visits. We are kind of a close group 5 of us live in our family homes. We all remember the good old days. The kids and dogs ran from yard to yard, no one cared. Before everyone got crazy, I guess. Maybe I just see things from a child's perspective on my part, the adults may have been thinking otherwise.
Most of us have respect of the lake, seems like the developers do more damage then a few ducks.

Looks like rain today! So much better then the ice. Come on Spring!!! Everything looks so bad after the frost.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Dec 20, 2013 2:00 PM CST
Snow in Seattle! First of the year. It looks like 1/2" to 3/4", but the temperature is right at 32F and I expect a lot to melt before it re-freezes tonight.

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But that's a lot better than most places as far north as this!

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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Dec 20, 2013 2:16 PM CST
We woke to a couple inches but it is quickly turning to slush. So pretty though, even if just for a short while. The chickens don't know what to make of it - they have not yet ventured outside. The song birds are going through the seed and suet very quickly.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
Garden Photography Region: Pacific Northwest Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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springcolor
Dec 20, 2013 3:56 PM CST
I think we got about 3 inches, dogs loved it this morning. Me not so much!!! Things are melting fast but tonight I will be home in front of the fire.
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Dec 21, 2013 10:54 PM CST
Almost all the snow here has melted, except for a few shady places. There is still some on the west side of the road as I went for a walk today. The ice has melted and the lettuce has recovered.

It was over 50 degrees today! (Well, for a short part of the day...)

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