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Oct 27, 2013 11:21 AM CST
|Yesterday, I was out planting bulbs.|
Today, we have a substantial snow event.
Cleaning and packaging seeds for a seed swap.
Then maybe re-pot some geraniums which need larger pots.
Might do a few more cuttings from some.
Nov 3, 2013 1:40 PM CST
|It snowed just about all day yesterday, got a little more overnight and this morning, everything is beautiful covered in the fresh snow. |
Caroline I think it is now headed your way.
Nov 3, 2013 4:35 PM CST
|No snow on the ground here yet, but we're getting ready for it, too. I'm still gathering seeds as they're ready, applying winter mulch and cutting back frosted plants. I'll likely be at it for quite a while yet. Cold and gloomy saps my *want to*. Today I headed out to find my favorite leaf rake and after doing a complete circuit of the yard, I headed out to the barn to look for it there. I didn't find it, so I just kept right on walking. I ended up enjoying a brisk walk through the State Park instead!|
Nov 3, 2013 5:10 PM CST
|The cold saps my "want to" too, although I did enjoy my time out there on Friday, finished cleaning up the potted plants and put my daylily seedlings in my little cellar. Sounds like you had a lovely walk.|
Nov 3, 2013 6:07 PM CST
|Yes.There are still enough leaves left on everything to block some of the wind through the woods, so it was really nice. There were lots of other folks out there today enjoying it as well.|
When I got back I looked again for the rake and it was right where it was supposed to be. Selective visual acuity, perhaps? My subconscious must have been driving the ship today!
I did end up getting a bit of garden stuff done, so I guess it all worked out okay in the end.
Do your seedlings rest dormant in the cellar, or do you have lights set up for them?
Nov 3, 2013 7:32 PM CST
|The seedlings go dormant, no light, it is just a tiny outdoor cellar.|
Nov 4, 2013 6:58 AM CST
|That sounds like a great place for them. My dormant tender plants have to go in the crawlspace under our house. So far, that's working pretty well.|
Nov 4, 2013 9:57 AM CST
|I think a crawl space should be a great place to store plants, keep them from the worst of the cold weather for sure.|
Nov 4, 2013 1:12 PM CST
|Our furnace is in our crawl space so it stays too warm for plants.|
I might have to make a cooler room out of a bedroom.
I close the heat off in the bedroom and open the window a little.
Nov 4, 2013 3:24 PM CST
|That's a good idea Caroline, should work quite well.|
Dec 4, 2013 7:46 PM CST
|I saw the blizzard photos in Calgary, hope you are okay Caroline.|
Dec 5, 2013 6:06 AM CST
|I am okay as I do not need to go anywhere.|
I just shovel the walk and then hibernate.
Many folks had a rough few days, as winds kept snow blowing in drifts back onto roads.
One highway was closed because blowing snow made the highways treacherous.
I did have a basement window blow open, the cold froze the pipes to my kitchen sink.
Thank goodness! I caught it before the pipes burst!
I closed the window, and turned up the heat, -- and the pipes thawed.
Now, I have that window coverd with cardboard and Duct tape to keep it closed.
Those were extremely high winds.
Dec 5, 2013 10:30 AM CST
|Caroline, good thing you caught that in time for sure, burst water pipes would be just horrible. |
Really cold here, -4f/-20c and lightly snowing, so glad I don't have to go anywhere.
Dec 5, 2013 11:33 AM CST
|Glad to hear you are okay Caroline and catching that pipe before it makes an awful mess!|
I remember living in Winnipeg, we have to put extra plastic cover inside and outside our windows and the other door we just do not use at all, totally shut with tape. And I just do the same, clear the immediate walkway before the next layer of snow hardens up fast. My pail of salt always by the door. I was thankful our city's power lines are underground, so never a power outage even at more brutal temps.
Stay safe there! Yeah, this weather conditions, better to hunker down and stay as warm as possible. I see bitter wind chill temps there ugh! We used to have outdoor plugs in our car there, once it goes -10C, need to plug the car for the car block heater.
Dec 5, 2013 12:02 PM CST
|Hang in there Caroline, and everyone else experiencing extreme winter weather! When the weather is awful, I like to look at vacation pics. Here's a colourful part of the Isola Bella garden (Lake Maggiore, northern Italy), which I visited in 2006, to thaw you out mentally.|
Dec 6, 2013 2:16 AM CST
|Yes, that is it:--think garden!|
I have finally got around to trimming, and taking cuttings of the geraniums (pelargoniums).
Dec 6, 2013 10:20 AM CST
|Think warm, stay warm Caroline!|
Just saw your areas windchill warnings at -40C ouch!
Some warm ocean views for you
Dec 6, 2013 4:54 PM CST
|Lovely pic, tarev! Is that beach somewhere near you?|
How about a trip to the tropics? This pic was taken at an orchid farm in Panama.
Can you see a face on the flower?
Dec 6, 2013 5:16 PM CST
|Thanks June! That photo was taken last June 2012 at Land's End Lookout in San Francisco |
Wow! Love that orchid! Is that a dracula or masdevellia?
Dec 6, 2013 5:34 PM CST
|The nursery had both draculas and masdevellias, and I'm not sure which are which, but I think the ones with faces were draculas. Here's another one, and it's poking out its tongue.|