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Re: more crazy weather
  • Subject: Re: more crazy weather
  • From: Catharine Carpenter <cathycrc@comcast.net>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 14:52:22 -0600

Weather the same here. I have some crocus trying to come up! Everyone thinks the warmer weather is wonderful... they don't realize the insect problems they'll have next year. I hope that the pattern of shorter warm periods as the winter advances will lead to at least a month or two of decent cold. On the other hand Alaska is having the coldest winter they've had in a long time. I think my daughter and her family (in Fairbanks) will be pleased to join us in Hawaii in March!
Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jan 16, 2012, at 11:39 AM, James Singer wrote:

I think "water," or the lack of it, is the big concern here in the West. We don't seem to be getting as much rain and/or snow as usual. Many of the ski resorts, like that of Auralie's son, have yet to open. When I say not as much rain as usual, I don't mean clear skies. Still gets cloudy and foggy, still
drizzles, but no substantial precip.

"I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it." -- Ray Bradbury

On Jan 16, 2012, at 7:47 AM, BONNIE_HOLMES wrote:

It has been crazy here, too. But, mostly between 3-6 degrees above
normal. It warms, bringing up daffodils and pushing out buds, then,
cools below freezing. I'm thinking that the plants that make it will be the ones that can take this up and down weather and the longer & warmer
summers. Over 30 years of gardening in the same place shows me that
there is true warming. So far, it has been over 5 years of warmer winter

ETN Zone 7
Remember the River Raisin, the Alamo, the Maine, Pearl Harbor, 911.

----- Original Message -----
From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2012 9:48:03 AM
Subject: [CHAT] more crazy weather

What a see-saw season. After our October snow storm, it has been
mostly pretty mild and very wet - often not even freezing at night. A
couple of times it has dropped down to the lower 20s for a couple of
days, but then warmed back up. Last week we observed that our
pond had not frozen,and we always expected to boys to have
skating parties there during the holidays. On Wednesday the
ground was not even frozen, but I reluctantly finished cutting back
the perennials, some of which were still green. Yesterday morning
the temperature was 19 degrees, and this morning it was 7 degrees.
We had such cold weather last year, but things came through very
well because there was a heavy snow cover from early December
right through until March. This year the ground is quite open. Not
a flake of snow since October. I'm really worried about how my
plants will survive. Snow can complicate life at times but it does
have a purpose other than just to be skiied on. My son in Colorado
is complaining that though Denver has snow, there was none at
Winter Park where they have bought a ski condo. Oh well. Poor


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