Brrrrrr

The Oregon weather gods sure are a cruel & perverse lot...Last Saturday in the Eugene area it was an unseasonably balmy 84 degrees here and this morning we awoke to 2 inches of snow. It only lasted until noon...that was when the hail storms started. More nasty weather predicted for the next few days with night time lows below freezing.
So, the flats of seedlings I'd started to harden off on the deck have been schlepped back into the garage, and are sharing space with nine just sprouted trays of summer annuals (in 12 hour shifts under the grow lights. Tote that barge, lift that bale). My little greenhouse is filled to bursting and the rest of the tender outdoor plants have been swathed in frost cloth.
I'm one of the lucky ones - the farmers here are really going to take a bad hit. Fruit trees had just come into bloom when this hit and it looks like some major crops like peaches and apples are going to be badly impacted. Haven't spoken with friends with filbert orchards, but if this bad patch of wintery weather hits them too, look for hazelnut prices to climb - this area is one of the largest filbert growing areas in the country.
Nancy T
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

yesterday and below 0 F temps. Brrr is exactly how I feel also Good luck with gardening which hopefully we can start in earnest very soon Jean
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Same thing happened here in Seattle. Last Saturday, 82, my son took me out and I bought two flats of assorted bedding plants for my balcony. Sunday I was recovering from shopping and didn't get them planted out. As the week progressed and temps dropped and snow started falling I was glad they were on the livingroom floor next to the window. Last night it snowed again and it's snowing hard now (noon-ish) as I type. Here's once when the foot dragging procrastination pays off, my tender Spring plants are still alive and well and indoors watching cable TV ;)
Long term forecast indicates that about Wednesday it's going to be safe to put them out....we'll see, things are subject to change around the PNW without notice.
Val

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
(snipped)

You can say that again! It hailed like mad all evening and snowed another couple of inches again overnight on top of the drifts of hail. Melted off by noon, but too chilly to put my flats outdoors even for a while. At least I'm not dealing with zero degree temps like poor Jean in Vancouver - that's some serious cold.
Many of the seedlings I'm obsessing about are destined for my Garden Club's plant sale on 5/3 and was hoping to have them looking deliciously enticing by then. It's always a terrific sale - a fundraiser with the profits going to fund college scholarships for local kids. Has been a joy growing all these little plants - most of mine are herbs (several thyme varieties, marjoram, several oregano varieties, sage, sweet Italian & purple ruffled basils, cilantro) with Envy Zinnias and Vanilla Marigolds tossed in for fun. My cuttings ( Artemesia, Penstemon, Rosemary, Spanish Lavender, and Pelargoniums) are all doing well in someone else's greenhouse.
Have had a ball growing from seed in the garage using heat mats & grow lights. Sure brightened my spirits during this year's endless winter, but clearly I'm going to have to think about building another greenhouse if I want to be able to have my own little mini-nursery - Mother Nature is just too darned unpredictable.
Nancy T
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.