Big storm came to California, then jumped on jet (stream) and
is headed East. Lots of snow, it was predicted for here, but went
south of us instead, so not even a drop of rain. But Cold... it left
cold in its wake, 19 degrees last night..So cover up your tender
plants, it's on its way.
Presently, 34F in Santa Rosa CA at 6:30PM. I hope my lemons survive.
I realize that this is a yawner to people in Omaha, but we are frost
tender here in California, and not used to this kind of weather.
³When you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When you ask why the
poor have no food, they call you a communist.²
The moisture that came up from the Gulf of Mexico in that huge storm
front slammed into us sometime
during the early hours of the morning. The front yard that gets way
too much moisture and water was
already showing it's little "lakes". It then proceeded to thump down
on and off all day. Slow down to a
steady pisser, then thump down again. I took the dog with me to the
post office and the bottom fell out
three times in fifteen minutes. Since I can't find my rain gauge
anywhere, I'm asking the garden fairy to
leave me a visible one to put up so I can see it from the house.Went
out and hung some suet for the birds to
let them know there was energy food for them. The idiot female
feline, Maggie decided she was too good to get
her knickers wet, and had it been old Pester's, he'd endured the rain
and enjoyed it on his krusty skin. He took a walk about
and hasn't returned, so hopefully someone hasn't freaked with his
ugliness and sees his sweet and loving nature and hears his
incredible motorboat purr. He was with me for fifteen years. Now
that Sugar dawg has lost Smeagol, AND Pest, she has become
"Needy dawg" and even Maggie (aka Miss SQUACK) has changed her ways.
But the weather below us in,Tupelo, Mississippi was in tornado
and behind THAT are serious winds and a cold front that will give me a
taste of what I left behind in Eastern Tennessee.
I have planted Schizostylis plants in my raised bed, and will
mulch them with five inches of leaves and chopped yard grass
to protect them. It's going to go down to 19° here as well, and I'm
not sure if they can take it. There is also that Mexican
petunia, Ruella that Victoria sent me in the same pot as the daylily
and I'm not sure it can take such frigid temperates, and I
adore that plant. It quietly cranked out soft blue flowers all the
summer even when we moved it here! So in spite of the sogginess
I am tromping down to the lower yard and grab up a garden cart of
leaves and chopped grass that the neighbor was so generous to
bring and dump in my lower "40" as I call it here. With the sogginess
and excessive moisture (we were in flash flood warnings all day
it's low lying here) we'll really feel the cold, and now it looks like
we may get snow as well. Now snow, I can deal with! Went outside
and saw that ALL my California poppy seeds were not only up but had
their third set of leaves on their ferny little stems. I hope they
come through the frigid temperatures. They're planted on the southern
side of the house and backed by a brick wall. The seed fairies
were tucked in all the assorted containers of perennials and sedums
and succulents and sempervivums hidden where I couldn't
detect them, and I got a really bad case of seed sowing and I
scattered everything around again like a crazed middle aged lunatic.
Its a good time to sort through all those boxes we haven't
unpacked yet, and find better places for my desert plants. The
African blood lily is almost
completely dormant with just a few leaves hanging on before they
yellow and dry up. There are a few things to catch up on over the
here so soon as I get things organized, I'll throw out a ramble. Good
to see you Emilie! (maddie waving over the fence grinning)
madgardener transplanted now in zone 7b gardening in an area she's
never experienced before, putting together the new Faerie Holler with
the survivors of the old Faerie Holler and some new residents.
ROFLMAO...................you got me there, Janet. Sugar dawg went
with me to the post office, the "bottom fell out"
meant that the clouds opened up and it tipped down, or thumped as me
English husband says frequently.....<gbseg>
BTW..........HOWDY JANET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (maddie waving across the
pond) how is it there in yer neck o' the woods girl??
send me updates on life. would love to get a holler from yew.
madgardener gardening in zone 7b and watching the thick frost
accumulate on everything outside tonight (lows supposed to be 19°)
The bottom fell out means that it rained so hard that it was as if
bottom fell out" of a bucket full of water. Sploosh! Now that's a hard
Yes I'm glad to see you too, Janet. Have been wondering what you
were up to. Last night was warmer here, Cloud cover. But today was
cold and barely got to low 40's. Tomorrow should bring some rain
(Maybe) if El Nino comes across with some warmer air and some
moisture. We surely do need it.
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