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Friday, March 23, 2012

It's Beginning to Look at Lot Like Christmas

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Do you remember how Portland didn't have a winter this year...well, that's because it waited until this month to make its appearance.

Snowy Daff
I woke up yesterday morning to about 1" of heavy, wet snow covering the garden. Now, had this happened a month or two ago, when I expect snow, I wouldn't mind. In fact, I would have enjoyed it!

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But it's March(I know...I'm officially a spoiled Portlander)! It's not really even cold out, and the plants shouldn't be too adversely affected by the cooler temps...but the heavy, wet snow just smashes all that delicate, new growth into the ground :-(

Snowy Crocosmia and Sedum
Oh well...at least it was gone by lunch time...can we have spring now, please :-)

35 comments:

  1. Eugene was hit horribly, and we are still cleaning up from the 8 plus inches of wet snow that has wreaked havoc. Trees down on our street (two had their water mains pulled up)and the majority of the flowering plums in the city were taken out as they were in bloom. 1/2 of my beautiful, large Japanese maple has been sheared off by a large fir limb that came down. I will try and look at the bright side...maybe if the maple doesn't make it, it will be the spot of a future pond??? Still breaks my heart, though.
    Glad you guys didn't get too much of the white stuff.
    La Nina is a bitch!

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  2. I really can't stand those heavy snows for the exact reason you stated. Just smashes everything. Fortunately most things recover and spring back up though.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. Your totally right, Cher...everything pretty much bounces back...thank goodness :-)

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  3. Hi Scott,

    Oh dear, but at least it didn't last long and the plants will soon bounce back!

    Looking forward to more, lovely spring photos :D

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    1. Absolutely...it was more an annoyance than anything significate, luckily :-)

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  4. I was so perplexed, not only by the snow, but by how warm it was by the evening! I don't know whether to panic that we're going to have a drought this summer or to panic that summer will never come. Oregon, get your act together! We have fretting to do.

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    1. Haha...I know...it was crazy! It reminded me of the Midwest, how the weather can shift so quickly and dramatically. I'm REALLY nervous about summer...I would love it if we had a repeat of last year, it was so pleasant...I guess we'll see, won't we!

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  5. Absolute nightmare! Hope everything is fine!

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    1. Oh yeah...it wasn't bad, really, I was just feeling a little bit whiny, I guess ;-)

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  6. Nasty old stuff. Weather weirdness just keeps going. Your plants will probably raise back up after the snow melts and you get some sun on them. Have a terrific weekend.

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    1. OMG...for real, the weather these days really is just plain unpredictable! Hope you have a nice weekend too...looks like the weather is clearing up :-)

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  7. What a downer. Just when you were looking forward to spring and warmer weather. Maybe the slow melting snow will make your plants grow even faster!

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    1. hahaha..I know! I think that's the biggest thing, I'm just ready for spring and it feels like we're backsliding at times...but we've had great weather in the past few days, so things are looking up :-)

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  8. I saw a few others got far more than you did, so I guess you were lucky. This has been a wild winter and now a screwy spring!

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    1. OMG...you aren't kidding, just south of us, they got almost a foot of snow, which, especially in the Valley, is pretty rare at this time of year!

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  9. Did you see any pictures of the Salem/Eugene area on Wednesday? It was insanity! And guess who was driving through it? Yep...on the way to SF Garden Show and enduring a blizzard in March. Of course the words heavy wet snow have me worried about my plants at home...

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    1. OMG...I actually didn't see anything about it until I saw Grace's post just after posting this...yikes...seriously made me feel like a big baby for complaining! I bet that was awful to drive through...that's something I DO NOT miss about the midwest, driving in blizzard conditions...TERRIFYING! Hope you made it down to SF safely. On a brighter note, yesterday was beautiful here...seriously a perfect day!

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  10. How horrible, but at least your pictures are nice.

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    1. Indeed! It wasn't too bad, really, I was just feeling a bit sorry for myself, I guess...we all need a good wallow now and then, right? ;-)

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  11. How ridiculous. It was almost 90º here the other day and you guys are getting snow?!

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    1. OMG! That's crazy! I guess I'll take a little snow over a heat wave any day, though!

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    1. I know! Hahahaha...really, though, it wasn't bad, and no damage was done :-)

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  13. That's a real bummer! I am expecting the same to happen here. We always get big storms in March/April. It will really hurt after having a week of 70/80 temps.

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    1. Exactly! It's not so much that it snowed, but that with our warm winter, things are up and growing so much earlier, that I worry they'll get hit with a late cold snap...let's keep our fingers crossed we can all avoid that!

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  14. I'm so beyond ready for spring. The snow this week has just been too much! However, the sun is out today and I'll be soaking as much up as I can :) Cheers, Jenni

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    1. OMG...me too, Jenni...wasn't this weekend AMAZING though...and today is great too! Yay for spring!

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  15. Hi! Yes, I can't believe the snow in Portland this year. Friends are always posting pics and even saying school was cancelled last week. That is nuts! We are over here east of you in a colder zone w no snow, just rain!

    I mentioned you on my one year blogaversary post just wanted u to know in case you didn't see it. Sorry to mention here but I couldn't find another way to contact you...didn't see an email address. Going to Annie's next week, thanks for that great post!

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    1. Hahaha...well, to be fair, I've never lived anywhere where people overreact to the tiniest amount of snow. In general, when it comes to weather, Portlanders have a very low threshold for any extremes ;-) OMG...thanks for the shoutout on your blog...I love that you're giving away a Joy Creek Certificate! Have fun at Annies...I'm hoping to make it down there this fall...fingers crossed.

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  16. You never know when nature will throw you a curve ball. At least there was not damage. Nice pictures.

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    1. Exactly...we emerged from your BLIZZARD unscathed ;-)

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  17. Sounds like you have crazy weather like we do here. You just never know!!

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  18. Hahahaha...totally, it's generally so mild that we Portlanders do tend to overreact with the least little bit of "extreme weather" ;-)

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