Re: Still crazy weather!
- Subject: Re: Still crazy weather!
- From: "Daryl" <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2012 19:12:20 -0500
It was 75 here this afternoon. I've got a slew of things blooming, some that
aren't due until April. Storms are predicted for tonight - not unusual for
spring in the south. We've had some wild swings this winter, from 70 to 20
in a day- hard on the plants- but I can't do a thing about it, so I enjoy
It's been so warm this winter that I'm still picking broccoli side shoots
from a fall planting. Bloomers today include Quince, Forsythia, Hellebores,
hundreds of daffs, Crocus, candytuft, Hyacinths, Vinca major, snowdrops,
Chimonanthus praecox, Loropetalum! Osmanthus fragrans, Mahonia, Lonicera
fragrantissima, Hamamelis virginiana and probably a few things I've
forgotten. Quite a change from last year.
If your soil is warm enough, plant the peas. If not, wait a bit. What have
you got to lose besides a few seeds?
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2012 1:18 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Still crazy weather!
Am I reading the calendar wrong? Is it really still February?
It's 57 degrees here this afternoon, and this morning I picked
Snow Drops, Crocus, and Hellebores. Daffodils are up 6-8 inches
and have swelling buds. The quince buds have been showing
color for more than a week and are half open today. There have
been a couple of cold snaps - it was down to 17 degrees on
Sunday, but didn't even freeze on Monday night - 34 degrees.
I keep telling myself not to remove the leaf mulch on my
perennial beds, but it's hard not to do it. I keep remembering the
"April Fool" snow storm a few years ago that caused us so much
damage. Oh well.
Last year I couldn't plant peas on the traditional pea-planting day,
St.Patrick's Day, because the garden was still snow-covered and
the ground frozen. This year I could plant them any day because
the ground has never fully frozen. Should I stay with St. Pat's?
Or try for an early start?
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