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Pacific Northwest Gardening: Can't somebody somewhere do SOMETHING about the weather???!!

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summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 19, 2011
6:49 PM

Post #8507532

Like blow up a planet or something? Don't we have that capability these days?

Anybody have anything cheerful to report on that (cold) front?

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susybell
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 20, 2011
12:49 AM

Post #8507996

Maybe the problem is that someone somewhere else DID do something about THEIR weather and it messed up things for everyone else??????

Otherwise, um, let's see, positives---no water shortages this year, good year for lettuce and broccoli, er, um... yeah.


At least it's been dry for two whole days this week (*Finally*)
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 20, 2011
7:12 AM

Post #8508500

Hilarious photo. At least the evergreens will have good growth, but otherwise, thumbs down on this weather! More slugs than usual, too. It's so cold, my cold weather crops won't grow, even under plastic grow tunnels! (or the slugs are getting to them all!) Daffodils are still blooming and it's April 20---BIZARRE! Waiting for so many things to bloom...
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

April 20, 2011
7:18 AM

Post #8508512

A positive...the spring bulbs are lasting a reallly long time this year.
minnesippi
Oakdale, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 20, 2011
7:23 AM

Post #8508517

2 inches of snow over night :( WTH?!?!
It's Alaska. They can control the weather and evidently they have it out for the rest of the continental US this year.
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

April 20, 2011
10:03 AM

Post #8508834

Hi there, minnesippi. Welcome.
Where is Oakdale?????? I used to live in Monticello and still have friends back there. What a bummer.
minnesippi
Oakdale, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 20, 2011
10:06 AM

Post #8508838

Oakdale is half way between downtown St. Paul and the Mississippi River (Hudson).
Not happy about the snow - especially since I have lots of plants arriving in the next week...Gonna run out of room in the garage.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 20, 2011
10:13 PM

Post #8510283

OK, well, MY cheerful thing is that the 4 days of relative sun & wind we've had here on the coast have dried out my firewood to the point that I could split AND burn it.

So tonight I am luxuriating by a roaring fire & reveling in the fact that I have had 4 pieces accepted in the local artists' show for this spring.

Tingly & warm all over!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 20, 2011
10:17 PM

Post #8510287

Pictures please SK... and congratulations!
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 20, 2011
10:46 PM

Post #8510309

OK, I will! Thank you; I'm going to take better pix tomorrow.

Also, I want to share my favorite local craigslist ad of the day, perhaps EVAH! I mean, I sympathize with the guy but that doesn't mean I'm not laughing my butt off; he is why I live in Oregon:

http://oregoncoast.craigslist.org/hou/2334780887.html
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 21, 2011
7:17 AM

Post #8510806

That ad is so sad. Reading it, I envisioned a man, but the title "Mean Landlords" makes me think a woman wrote it. Poverty is a horrible thing. Very sad. Hard to imagine being in that situation, and what is their future if they can't even get into a rental unit? Funny that they took it to craigslist though!!!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 21, 2011
8:19 AM

Post #8510929

I woke up to a layer of white on the lawn - hailstones, but still white. Temp below 30. I guess that qualifies for a 'frost' note in my garden journal...
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

April 21, 2011
8:55 AM

Post #8511009

39 out right now!! Really, it is the later part of April. However, the last 2 days were great. My greenhouse is like that mitten story for kids. If the weather doesn't warm soon it will explode.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 21, 2011
2:17 PM

Post #8511605

Is it getting worse????
Does anybody know how quickly the last Ice Age came on?
susybell
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 21, 2011
3:32 PM

Post #8511757

I believe it was glacially slow... yuk yuk yuk
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 21, 2011
4:14 PM

Post #8511891

Forecast is for 67 and sunny on Saturday!!!!! So exciting!
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 21, 2011
5:15 PM

Post #8512068

It's hailing here too.

Susybell, I find absolutely nothing amusing about this weather, stop that!

Actually, Dog & I just got back from the beach, and it was gorgeous. Raining a bit but sun breaking through black clouds & the ocean glassy-green in between the breakers. Reminded me that I need to stop whining, throw another comforter on the bed, put on one of Jack's XXLT sweatshirts, build a bigger fire & STOP WHINING.

It is a privilege to live in such a beautiful part of the country.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 21, 2011
5:43 PM

Post #8512122

I second that, SK. We just got back from a couple days on the beach off Camano Island. Sunny but brisk, entertained by a pod of gray whales, lush walking trails with lots of early bloomers, and oh so quiet.
susybell
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 21, 2011
9:33 PM

Post #8512652

;-D

Really, really looking forward to a warm weekend!
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 23, 2011
6:32 PM

Post #8516265

Today was the best of the year. Went out and decided what plants I want to take with me. All of them! No, just a few. Hellebore and hosta pieces mostly.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 24, 2011
6:56 PM

Post #8518446

Willow, are you moving somewhere? Did I miss that part while I was out of the country?
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 25, 2011
10:38 AM

Post #8519245

Hi Summer, Yes we are moving into my daughter's second house in Bremerton. Closer to doctors and kids.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

April 25, 2011
12:16 PM

Post #8519468

Willow,
Your moving and just when you have a nice greenshed and craftroom. Hope the move brings you happiness and this house has some nice gardening space.
FairyFarm
Kalama, WA

April 25, 2011
1:03 PM

Post #8519563

My husband likes the rain. On sunny days the laundry doesn't get done and he doesn't get fed unless he does it himself. . .
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 25, 2011
5:33 PM

Post #8520215

Hi springcolor. I may be taking the shed with me. Depends on $$. The house has a huge yard. All fenced for the dogs and lots of beds to rejuvinate. We built a small shed there for my daughter about 12 years ago. And way too much lawn space. Could add on to that one easily. I want to make a small forest, with maybe some bamboo, in the center of the back yard.

This message was edited Apr 25, 2011 4:39 PM
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 25, 2011
6:27 PM

Post #8520375

Not a single day to reach 60 in the next 7 day forecast. What???
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

April 25, 2011
6:42 PM

Post #8520428

Oh, good then Willow. I just remember your thread on that greenshed and how nice it was. Glad you might get to take it with you. Sounds like a nice yard. Hope the weather is better so you can get the plants you want.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 25, 2011
9:25 PM

Post #8520778

Sounds like your move will be for the best in the long run, Willow, but it must be hard to think of leaving your lovely gardens and courtyard. Then you'll have a whole new area to work with in your new yard!Could be exciting possibilities!
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

April 26, 2011
2:56 AM

Post #8520902

I'm really pleased that, of the few gardens I've gotten to visit out here, Willow's was one of them. It's a beautiful & engaging place. And you were so nice about having Osita there.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 26, 2011
10:44 AM

Post #8521729

That was a year ago already and I think of you all everytime I see your names written on the window. That was a good day for me. I will probably do a thread and let you all see where I'm going.
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

April 27, 2011
4:10 PM

Post #8524787

It was sunny and nice alll last week in Wrangell where I had to leave the door open to keep the office from heating up too much. Though the nights were in the 40's. Quite beautiful spring up there again. This is the only picture I took where you can see in the mirror the sunny weather.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 27, 2011
7:19 PM

Post #8525234

Oh, I like that Sofer -- we should all post a candid photo of us at work (or play if you are fortunate to not have to work any longer). Gives another layer. I'll work on catching myself in my tiny home office with the birds outside my window...
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

April 28, 2011
4:15 PM

Post #8526924

I as you can see even when I have a broken leg have to be at work. Doing surgery with my Tibia and Fibula fractured and no fix done on it. I just wanted to show the window with sun. I unlike the rest of the world never get to retire. Many of us won't when we plan on retiring. Our government spent it on welfare and war.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 1, 2011
6:01 PM

Post #8533193

I JUST DISCOVERED A HUMMINGBIRD NEST OUTSIDE MY BEDROOM WINDOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IN A RHODODENDRON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Is this tiny tiny miracle common out here?
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 1, 2011
9:27 PM

Post #8533582

Lucky you summerkid. Enjoy!
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 1, 2011
9:42 PM

Post #8533599

And wow ... just when I thought this day could not POSSIBLY get any better ... I get a breathless phone call from my military brother & turn on the news.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2011
11:40 AM

Post #8534759

It was 64 degrees and sunny on Mt Hood yesterday, so my son and I took advantage and hit the slopes! I love that in the Pacific NW, you have the choice to garden or ski on the same day!

Yes, I loved the Bin Laden news, too.

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Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

May 2, 2011
12:03 PM

Post #8534805

Surprisingly I had mixed feelings on Ben Lada. He is the first man I became excited about being killed. Have had bitter thoughts every time I think of NY and airports. I have often quoted "Bin Laden won the war". Now I think not. But still how can anyone not think of why he did what he did when we live here. Glad he is gone and it will definately heat things up. Faces need to be saved. Including Pakistan.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2011
2:16 PM

Post #8535125

Oh, that's great, Kosk! I had hoped to do more skiing too once moving here but haven't put that all together. The one time I stayed up there 2 years ago, there was a massive storm & even Timberline was closed so we didn't get to test the slopes.

Sofer, I understand where you're coming from. I am not one of those who thinks the United States is the greatest, godliest, most blameless nation EVAH. And it's not that I feel safer with b.La gone. I just feel ... better.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2011
3:15 PM

Post #8535199

Summer---I forgot to ask---what does a hummingbird nest actually look like? Is it tiny? I get tons of hummingbirds in our yard, but haven't seen a nest. Good to know they nest in lower shrubbery---I have lots of habitat for them if that's the case. I probably have some hidden nests, and I don't even know it. Can you take a pic of the nest and post it? Thanks!
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

May 2, 2011
3:20 PM

Post #8535207

I do believe that as a nation we stand taller than any other in history so that I disagree. Perfect, unblemished, and alutristic a big NO but as a nation never before such diversity of ideas has existed. Who do you think is more as a nation Summer? Note just a question not a challenge.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2011
3:58 PM

Post #8535275

Well, at the risk of diverging into politics, my opinion is that we as a nation have come a very very long way since being forged & founded on the twin pillars of genocide & slavery.

Do I think there is a better nation? Not one composed of people. I take a very dim view of unfettered human nature.

AND ... A PIC! She is about 6 feet off the ground in a rhododendron that is roughly 8 feet tall & wide, and she is under the eave just to the right of my window. It's not very well hidden, really; I picked it out while wandering around wondering "should I be pruning this thing?"

They use cobwebs! And you can see the camouflage of lichen. It is about the size of a large lemon.

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kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2011
4:14 PM

Post #8535314

Thank you so much!!!! THAT IS AMAZING!!!! I truly have never seen a nest before. I can't believe you got the pic with the hummingbird inside of it! She must be sitting on some eggs? Those must be tiny eggs.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2011
5:42 PM

Post #8535514

I can't get an angle to see more than one egg. That pic was taken from the ground, outside. I'll try to get a pic of the egg but first have to catch her off the nest long enough to rush out & clean the outside pane.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

May 2, 2011
6:50 PM

Post #8535678

That is wonderful. Have never seen that before.
enyeholt
Village of Port Clem
Canada

May 2, 2011
7:02 PM

Post #8535719

Well, that makes up for any weather huh?
Lovely. They usually lay 2 to 3 eggs, we had one on a wind chime once at my Mother-in-laws house in Osoyoos. it was amazing.

Thanks for sharing.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2011
7:12 PM

Post #8535753

I have a superb new camera with a tremendous zoom. This is from inside the bedroom, about 8 feet away. Light's bad because it's 7 p.m., but I have high hopes for photos in the coming days.

(The camera is a Lumix DS5 & cost only $230. It has manual capabilities too. I had the DS1 until I dropped it on the kitchen floor last week, and that was a terrific subcompact as well.)

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summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2011
7:14 PM

Post #8535760

Enye, the nest looks twice as big to me as it should. Internet stories say that they will build on previous years' nests. What do you think based on the one in the chimes?
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2011
11:25 PM

Post #8536118

http://www.phoebeallens.com
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2011
11:50 PM

Post #8536134

That's great, Katie!

Feeling so blessed to have my own private "window cam" ... the nest is the first thing I see when I gain consciousness in the morning. I think her buzz as she flies in & out is what wakes me.
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

May 3, 2011
10:49 AM

Post #8537035

Love it Summer. I feel like you are sleeping with them in their cozy nest.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 3, 2011
3:40 PM

Post #8537596

That is a very artistic nest. Just for you.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

May 8, 2011
10:38 PM

Post #8548997

Guys can you remember what thread had the recipe for the hummer food. My wonderful boys gave me a hummer feeder. Have always wanted one.
Hope you all had a great day. The boys went back to school today so we had dinner Saturday.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

May 8, 2011
10:52 PM

Post #8548999

After Japan, the Southern tornadoes and floods, I will never complain about the weather ever again.

The news said tonight that the snow fall was 750% higher than ever except in 1950. The big problem is if warm weather shows up to early and gets warm to fast, then big floods for Utah, Northern Nevada and Colorado..

My hummers have taken over my courtyard. If I go out the front door they come down nose to nose. I have climbing fig vine and they love to nest in it. I can always go out the garage side or just go out the front door, sit down immediately and pretend like I am not there. LOL.

BTW, I was born in Portland and my dad was in the Army. He was sent to Nevada by the Army to work in the mines during the war. The government took over the mines. I was born in August 1942. I moved to Nevada when I was 4 months old. My uncles were berry farmers in Gresham. We went to that area every summer for two weeks every year.

Have a great day tomorrow and week. Sharon.

Hope you all had a wonderful day. Sharon from windy Las Vegas
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2011
6:44 AM

Post #8549369

springcolor, hummer food is just sugar & water boiled together. i use 2 parts water to 1 part sugar.

Sharon, I've nicknamed my little nesting mother "B-52."
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

May 9, 2011
8:14 AM

Post #8549581

Thanks Summer. Just couldn't remember what amounts.
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

May 10, 2011
7:51 AM

Post #8551975

For hummer food I use 4 parts water to 1 part sugar. Guess anywhere in between will work.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 10, 2011
8:01 AM

Post #8552000

I measured the liquid capacity of my hummer feeder, figured out my ratio (forget exactly what I used, I think 4:1) and keep that measuring cup in the sugar cannister. Then I just pour the sugar directly into the feeder using a funnel and fill it with warm water. It takes a few minutes and some shaking to totally dissolve, but then it's ready to go.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

May 10, 2011
10:39 AM

Post #8552306

I have one hummer nest right next to the two large stacked windows on the stair landing. The windows overlook the courtyard. Well Mrs Hummer does no like my husband going up the stairs. That is where his man cave is located. So every time he goes up or down the stairs, she delivers this white liquid that messes up the window. I do not clean it for two reasons. To high up and just a waste of time.

Now there is another nest right in front of the window in my mother's old bedroom and that hummer is doing the same thing.

They are both nesting in last years nests, just rehabbed. Sharon.
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 10, 2011
4:11 PM

Post #8553089

I have a couple of 'cheap' sage - $.49 at the grocery store - that has grown into a nice shrub. Last year it bloomed heavily and the hummingbirds loved it. I was pretty excited to see that.

I plan on putting them all around the yard this year. They are evergreen and don't need excellent drainage. I can't get Salvia to look very good, so these are a bonus for me.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 10, 2011
5:44 PM

Post #8553343

Pineapple sage? Is it hardy here?
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 10, 2011
10:47 PM

Post #8553902

Literally, just the cheap, plain sagey-smelling sage . . . I guess it would be called a culinary sage . . .
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

May 11, 2011
12:38 AM

Post #8553941

I think someone is doing something with the weather. I think he has had just about enough and has finally gotten angry. I have actually been expecting his visit soon. He is late as far as I am concerned. Sharon.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 11, 2011
5:11 AM

Post #8554138

Well, I would like "he" to take all that energy that used to go into searching out Osama whatzisname and put it into flyovers of infrared-heater-equipped aircraft, mainly aiming them at coastal valleys at, say, 500 ft elevation ...
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 12, 2011
6:31 AM

Post #8557347

Frost this morning took me by surprise. I had checked 10 day forecast, and we looked good to go. Totally surprised to wake up to clear skies and frost, when I went to bed it was 50's and raining. I'm waiting for it to warm up to check for losses. I seem to never learn, and make this mistake every year!
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 12, 2011
7:01 AM

Post #8557422

Wow, just checked. It's actually way worse than frost. It's actually ice with frost. I have severe damage, and I'm almost crying. It was supposed to be a low of 42, but must have dropped not just into the 30's but below 32. Terrible. Dead plants, but new chicks hatching today so there is life somewhere.
susybell
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 12, 2011
11:15 AM

Post #8557941

ew, Kosk, sorry to hear that. This crazy weather! I hope you haven't lost much.

I saw a post on FB from Portland Nursery saying that the accepted planting out date for warm-season used to be Memorial Day, not Mother's Day around here, but I've never heard that before. I'm not prepared to wait that long!!!! I'm out of room and have to start hardening stuff off now whether I like it or not. My poor tomatoes have been doing great but now they're truly getting leggy and I'm out of height & light space-and not a lot of space to harden them off, either. :( Beyond anxious for a little warm around here. I haven't even started the herbs because I haven't had any room for them inside. (I, uh, underestimated my germination rate on peppers and tomatoes. I've got 80+ of each...I think I'm going to be very "neighborly" this year, lol)
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 12, 2011
11:38 AM

Post #8557975

Damage not as bad as I first thought. There were a few chunks of ice hanging off some plants, but not ice, ice everywhere. Hard frost though, bc even the marigolds suffered. And other things I shouldn't have put outside yet that were just sitting out on the deck bc I was tired of watering them inside the house. Thumbergia vines damaged and some gomphrena as well as peppers. Also platycodon damaged. I swear I'll never learn. We are at 700 feet elevation in a frost pocket valley. Some of these things might spring back. I have found that frost damage often functions as a pinch off for the plants and they grow back bushier.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 12, 2011
2:48 PM

Post #8558517

Lets hope they do snap back.
It is best to not plant seeds until the end of March or into April.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 12, 2011
5:44 PM

Post #8558857

Oh, kosk, that happens to me too, but usually at the back end of the season when I just cannot bring myself to frost if I don't want it too.

Can I mail anyone any nasturtium seedlings? I have lots. Does anyone know whether slugs eat them?

Susy, I'm a candidate for neighborliness! My local source for peppers & tomatoes, who had tons of experience with this area, does not appear to be offering any for sale this year. I'll be at Lisa's tomorrow through Sunday, actually.
susybell
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2011
1:07 AM

Post #8559453

SK, Ok, sounds good. Hmmm. I'll send you a dmail. I wouldn't mind a couple of nasturtium seedlings, either. My usual crop of volunteers hasn't shown up yet. As far as the tomatoes, I'm experimenting with lots of early-season varieties and/or ones that are supposed to do well in cool summer areas. Did I mention that I went a bit overboard?

summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 13, 2011
12:07 PM

Post #8560528

Thanks for reminding me about the nasturtiums, since I promised some to Lisa. She is a nascent gardener, having taken it up when I moved here to provide inspiration, plants & moral support. It's cute, because she's just in awe of the funniest things, like the blooms & growth rate of the vinca we transplanted to her sidewalk strip, and the brightness of the nasturtiums. Her husband built a raised bed, where she has killed all sorts of veggies for 2 straight years. She has become a diligent composter too, partly because she can use it for science studies in her grade-school classroom.
susybell
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2011
1:14 PM

Post #8560660

Oh, how fun that she's starting to garden! How does that saying go- you aren't a real gardener until you've killed the same plant three times? Something like that...
Anyway, she needs good material for her compost pile...

It sounds like she's on her way to the start of a fine gardening obsession. Well done!!! :) With her color sense and design skills once she gets the hang of the keeping it alive part, she'll be great...

beebonnet

beebonnet
Coos Bay, OR
(Zone 9a)

May 13, 2011
5:45 PM

Post #8561281

I hope that all this means a long and warm fall season. That's our only recourse and it's still available so we must keep our fingers crossed. Never seen such a spring as this on the S. Or. coast. I lived in the Willamette Valley for 30 years and can't recall one like this out there either. Now I have lived here just as long. The difference between the W. Valley and the coast is rather surprising. We usually have a more mild winter here on the coast but a much cooler summer. However, the last two winters have been quite harsh. I have lost plenty of plants that usually make it with ease.

So, I am not too anxious to plant out the things I usually plant way before this. Everything will be late going in the ground, because this is a very late year. I think that is just the farmers rule of the thumb.
We just had one warm day(sort of) followed by a coolish one (today), but no rain. The weather man says it will be a rainy, cool week-end. Bah-Humbug.
Still, I think we are better here (weather wise) than other places in the USA.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

May 13, 2011
9:15 PM

Post #8561716

Well you guys could come to Las Vegas. We are going to be 90 tomorrow. Last two weeks we went from 93 to 78 to high desert winds and then 3 beautiful days in the low 80 and tomorrow 90. And then Wednesday we are suppose to back in the high 70s. Crazy weather. But soon we will be over 100 so I am happy.

My tomatoes are loaded, my irises, columbine and oxilis are done for the season. The Quail are having babies along with the hummers. After watching the south flooding, I am OK with our weird weather.

Bee, where is Coos Bay. My father drove us to Portland from Nevada every year for 15 years. Through Idaho, up the winding road on the way up and down to Pendleton, before the big highway was built. I always got car sick about half way up the mountain. We road in a Chrysler Imperial with two adult in the front and 4 kids in the back seat. I think today it would be classified as child abuse. He drove straight through. We left at 3 am in the morning. We stopped along side the Snake River, somewhere in Idaho, and had the lunch that mother had prepacked. I remember seeing the Indians spear fishing on the Dales. Remember this was in the 50s. I can see it like a photo is right in front of me. I think my mother's sister lived in Coos Bay. Sorry for the trip down memory lane but the desert rat was just remembering her childhood.

beebonnet

beebonnet
Coos Bay, OR
(Zone 9a)

May 14, 2011
1:42 PM

Post #8562656

OMG---I was a kid in the 50's, too. I remember lots of the same things you do. The Indians spearing salmon at Celilo Falls on the Colombia. Having to ride in the back seat with my little sis for hours. We made an annual trip to Bainbridge Island across the Sound from Seattle every summer to visit the grandparents.

I actually grew up in Coquille, which is 20 miles southeast of Coos Bay. Coos Bay is on the southern Oregon coast, about a 2 1/2 hour drive to the Cal. border. Or three. We are a 4 - 5 hour drive to Portland. Longer in the old days before freeways. When we say before freeways, some will think we were born in the dark ages. Kind of like when I say before TV. The little ones just gasp!!!

Those old cars...weren't they something? Kind of makes me car sick to think about it.
Our zippy new Honda CRV is So-o-o much better.

Glad you asked, Sharon. Trips down memory lane are getting more fun with each passing year.

Beebonnet
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 14, 2011
4:03 PM

Post #8562891

I went from twelve to twenty-one in the 50 also. Great memories. Love Vegas and southern Oregon, but think I will stay here in the far north. :-)
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

May 15, 2011
4:16 PM

Post #8565131

Now, my old mind is really confused. Why do I remember Coos Bay so vividly, if you are that far from Portland. We never went beyond about 2 hours away from Portland. Majority of relatives were in Gresham.

I get cold if it gets below 80 degrees so the far North would not work for me. I have been in Vegas since 1960. Right after high school graduation at 18. I worked as a Mortgage Banker in Las Vegas for 35 years. Last 25 with Chase. Retired right before the economy and everything else hit the fan. Sharon

beebonnet

beebonnet
Coos Bay, OR
(Zone 9a)

May 16, 2011
1:07 PM

Post #8567333

Bet you were glad about your good timing, Sharon. Banking would not have been pleasant during that time or even now, probably.

Willow Wind, how far north is Union? I can't think where it is.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 17, 2011
10:02 AM

Post #8569277

Union is a postoffice on Hood Canal. Kinda NW of Shelton. Closest big town in Olympia.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

May 17, 2011
7:34 PM

Post #8570572

We are getting colder down here in Nevada because your weather is falling down our way. Thanks a lot you guys. Actually it feels good. 70s instead of high 90s. Sharon.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 18, 2011
9:35 AM

Post #8571560

I hope it falls all the way to Mexico and leaves us all alone for the whole summer.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 18, 2011
5:55 PM

Post #8572628

OK, who finally did something about the weather?! Our long national nightmare is over!

I'm super disappointed to report that something got to my hummingbird; she's gone & so are the eggs. I was buzzed about a week ago while creeping under the rhodie & searching for evidence of what happened, so I was hopeful that she would re-nest, but no luck so far.

But today I discovered something new! When I walk through the Village of Deliverance up the road, I cut through my neighbors' back yards along the river, and Gerry has a small natural pond buried in the shrubbery at the foot of his bluff. The other day I noticed some really large lizard-y things (anyone who's ever lived in Florida immediately thinks PANIC PANIC ALLIGATOR upon finding anything unexpected gliding through the water but thankfully they are not) ... so today I crept up quietly to spy on them. And they were all over, pairing off before my eyes! Big grey ones riding along on the back of smaller goldish ones. I assume that they were mating, rather than eating each other. It was really cool. They are nearly a foot long & have flat tails like eels. Yellow underpads.

There was so much else going on in the sunny shallows -- bright red specks darting around & twigletty things creeping along the bottom -- none of which I can identify so a bit frustrating. I could have sat there for hours but was crouched in an unnatural position.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 19, 2011
10:19 AM

Post #8573863

Giant salamanders? Don't know if there are such things.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 19, 2011
3:06 PM

Post #8574341

There is one, but it's spotted. These are plain. Couldn't find anything on the Internet to tell me exactly which kind of salamander these are.

beebonnet

beebonnet
Coos Bay, OR
(Zone 9a)

May 19, 2011
5:37 PM

Post #8574594

OMG--Where is Rose Lodge? I hope it is a long way from the coast. Those things would just freak me out, and I like wasps, bees,spiders, and lots of insects. I am not a wimp. But , Summerkid, you have posted something that really does creeps me out. Lizards and snakes not my thing. You were so brave to sneak up on them!
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 19, 2011
6:13 PM

Post #8574658

I'm only 10 miles from the beach but very very far north of you. Lincoln City.

Ha ha, bee, and THEY WERE MATING. Making lots & lots of baby monsters.

I had a very angry garter snake on the path today. It just sat there for hours with its mouth open wide. One of the cats must have been messing with it. I horsed around with it too, determined that it wasn't injured, and eventually it slithered off. I watched it go but couldn't see it move, it just disappeared slowly, like the Cheshire cat! Isn't it amazing how they do that?
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

May 19, 2011
6:43 PM

Post #8574716

I think it may be a pacific giant salamander. Check it out. These can get up to 13" long.
found in both OR & WA.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkIzYiLfcdA
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

May 19, 2011
10:00 PM

Post #8575071

OMG. Two things we do not have in Las Vegas. Salamanders and rain.

My worker and I were summer cleaning the garage on Saturday. He came flying out of the garage panting and ranting in Spanish. He is very frightened by lizards. It was a very small baby lizard living in my bags of potting mix. He was probably keeping the bugs out of the garage.. I picked him up very gently and moved him to a flower bed.
susybell
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 19, 2011
10:39 PM

Post #8575102

Oh, cool, giant salamanders-fantastic! I'll bet they've been loving this spring (SOMETHING had to, right? right???). Do they eat slugs like the other ones do? If so, there couldn't be better creatures to find nearby!

Don't know if this helps. The Burke museum description says that adult Cope's salamanders might not have spots: http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/collections/herpetology/dcopei.htm
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 20, 2011
7:26 AM

Post #8575565

Pacific newt is also a possibility. I've seen those on Mt. Hood around 1200 feet elevation at Wildwood recreation area.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 20, 2011
4:50 PM

Post #8576368

I'm leaning toward Pacific newt, only because these are in a pond & not the nearby river. (Small river.)

It must be spring! My house has turned into a zoo. I came home from Portland on Sunday afternoon to find the back door open (either I don't shut it all the way or the raccoons have learned to work the handle) ... and clumps of soft grey & black fur all over. The cats seemed unperturbed & unscathed but I puzzled over this. Wrong color for raccoons but musty-smelling. No blood anywhere. Then Monday morning I woke to the sound of incessant scratching in the catbox, which only Rosie uses. I started coffee & fed the cats & the scratching stopped. Then it started again & Rosie was in the kitchen!!! I crept up to the catbox by the washing machine & there was a big black furry creature trying to dig to China!

Startled the heck out of me. It was a MOLE, of all things. In the catbox. Via dishtowel, I got it out to the back yard. Those things are STRONG -- it was like trying to relocate Robocop with just a rag.

Who brought a mole into the house? Rosie's no bigger than he was, the dog was with me all weekend, Jack & Julie are good hunters but mostly sleep these days.

Then, that night, Rosie kept making crazy running leaps at the fabric hanging on my quilt walls. She finally pulled a big folded chunk down & I went to pin it back up & a lizard fell out! Startled again! Lucky little critter narrowly escaped having a big pin stuck through his head by accident.

beebonnet

beebonnet
Coos Bay, OR
(Zone 9a)

May 20, 2011
5:25 PM

Post #8576438

Oh, Summerkid---You have so much fun!!
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 20, 2011
6:03 PM

Post #8576561

Well, I AM a kid in a candy store out here -- all the plants & animals are new for me & simply fascinating. Compared to Illinois & Montana, this is like the Amazon.

It's warm enough some nights now to leave the sliding door off my bedroom open, and like clockwork, around 2 a.m., a bat swoops through, zips around, and off she goes again. I love that -- it reminds me of warm nights holed up in an aging French chateau many years ago with the shutters opened back against stone walls. I find the susurration of bat flight very comforting. Plus, it's my signal to turn off the light & GO TO SLEEP.

There is a short list of things I miss about the Midwest. Heat waves. Cardinals. And why are there no fireflies?
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

May 20, 2011
9:23 PM

Post #8576866

Well I got out of the shower, slipped into a robe and went i to the kitchen to get a cup of tea. My DH had opened the back door to the patio so the male dog could come and go because he will not use the doggy door. I took about two steps into the open area by the back door and startled two doves that had walked into the breakfast nook. I do not know who jumped more, me or them. About an hour later and every window upstairs and downstairs open, they were again outside telling their friends all about it.

Beautiful weather here today. 83 degrees. I am co ing to Washington and Oregon on Thursday for 10 to 12m days. Dropping DH is visit one daughter and grandchildren and I will stay there in Portland/Vancouver area for 4 or 5 days and then taking the train to Spokane. Want to see all your beautiful landscape deep in the canyons of the railway. Then spend 5 days with my Son and his family and 1 year old grandson. And then back to Vancouver to pick up DH and hopefully the irises will still be blooming.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 20, 2011
10:16 PM

Post #8576900

So the doves stayed for breakfast?

I have plenty of room here at the coast for guests, hint hint!
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

May 20, 2011
10:47 PM

Post #8576926

looks like now I have to fly to Spokane and then take the train down from Spokane unless I want to ride the train in the dark. LOL. .
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 23, 2011
8:42 PM

Post #8583335

You folks do have a menagerie of visitors. The only wildlife I have found in the house recently is ants.

While I usually cannot claim any credit for the weather, I do think my family helped keep away the rain and even deliver sunbreaks yesterday (Sunday). We were planning an outdoor party and prepared for the worst with tarp covered areas for people to congregate. Therefore, of course, it did not rain.

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mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 23, 2011
8:46 PM

Post #8583343

Note the artfully disguised compost heap covered with grass clippings in the foreground.

The band also had a canopy.

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mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 23, 2011
8:48 PM

Post #8583350

Our new chicken coop was a big attraction.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 23, 2011
9:09 PM

Post #8583389

Looks like a happy gathering, and we thank you for defying the rain-gods.
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

May 23, 2011
9:40 PM

Post #8583416

Could you keep your tarps up until September !!
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 24, 2011
9:02 PM

Post #8585600

I'm with springcolor!

Maury, that looks like just the best day. And the best host & the best little farm.

Breaking news: I've been here for 2 of the coldest years in the history of the Oregon coast & I'm about one day away from admitting that it has broken my spirit & my house might be going on the market. I just can't be happy when my tomatoes have to wait till after June 1st to go in the ground & I have to turn my furnace on in August.

What's not to say we won't see the 3 coldest years running?
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

May 24, 2011
9:51 PM

Post #8585648

Hey Summer, where are you going to move. Missouri, Kansas with the tornadoes, Texas with the drought, Montana, Mississippi or anywhere above Louisiana with the floods. Florida, with bugs as big as your foot and hurricanes.

My parent's gardened in an area where you could not plant vegetables until Memorial day and when they first moved there, when I was a baby, they were going back to Oregon where they came from. 1942. They lived and died in the mountains in Nevada, near the Utah border. They loved it and they had a fantastic garden every year. They just had to learn different seasons. Mother's green beans were the best ever and so wsas her sweet relish made with cucumbers and red peppers.

I live in Las Vegas where it gets to be 110 ( lying Chamber of Commerce temperature) and I still have a lovely garden. This last winter has been brutal but you are just starting. Wishing you good days and hope. Sharon.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 24, 2011
10:11 PM

Post #8585666

Sharon, my dear Mother Winter ... I have no idea!

My priority list is so long & wide, and my options so open ... have cash, will travel. Ideals, anyone?
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 24, 2011
11:19 PM

Post #8585739

Sadly, the gazebos holding up the back of the large tarp had to be returned to the people we borrowed them from. We took them down this afternoon. I still hope it won't rain too much tomorrow in spite of this.

Summer, the last two winters have been somewhat unpleasant, but not compared to the weather in the midwest (I grew up there). Have you been here in the PNW for the summertime? It really does get better!
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 24, 2011
11:38 PM

Post #8585770

So far I've narrowed this down to:

1) I'm NEVER going back to the Midwest (sorry, Jack)
2) Tricked-out Quonset huts have always seemed like the perfect home for an artist who loves space, hates confinement
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 24, 2011
11:41 PM

Post #8585772

Maury, last summer here on the coast was TERRIBLE. It seldom got above 57 degrees.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 25, 2011
7:29 AM

Post #8586144

Perhaps you are too close to the coast (cooler and foggier). Maybe check out some of the banana belt areas of either Washington (lee side of the Olympics) or Oregon (not sure where, but I'm sure they have some micro-climates), or move further inland.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 25, 2011
1:41 PM

Post #8586876

Up here we never went camping on the Straights after mid-July. You can freeze your can off. But it does get better inland and lower than we are here at 600 ft above sea level. I can hardly wait to get into Bremerton. NO deer. Less cold.
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

May 26, 2011
9:53 PM

Post #8589946

Summer I too have experienced the wet, cold, cloudy miserable last 2 years in Montana. But SE AK has been wonderfully sunny, warmer, and less wet than they have had in years! I have sailed my boat when winter storms should have decimated my travel only to experience 5 out of 10 days this winter in sun and the last 2 months have been wonderful! Oh the only way to grow tomatoes in AK is a heated greenhouse. Stay out of Juneau and Ketchikan still a soggy armpit, but Wrangell, Petersburg, and Sitka have been awesome.
Of course you will need a change in wardrobe. LOL

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summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

May 27, 2011
9:53 AM

Post #8590723

Looks like my spring pajamas. Gets any (*$#@ colder & I will sleep in my parka.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

May 27, 2011
4:56 PM

Post #8591470

Well I arrived in Spokane by air yesterday at 6:30pm. Before we descended into the srea we ran into snow and then when we landed we arrived in a rain storm. Then, just as we were getting ready to go downtown this morning it started to really rain.

Since rain is novel in the desert I really enjoyed it. The river going through town is roaring with a high abundance of water flowing.

So summer, Winter is enjoying your weather but I do not live here. Sharon

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2011
8:17 PM

Post #8645941

Katie59, are you still watching this thread?

You said:

>> I can't get Salvia to look very good, ...

Do you have theories about why the salvia didn't do well, or a list of species and varieties you tried?

I became fascinated with them a few years ago, and finally got many seedlings into the ground this year, with another tray coming along behind.

Anything I can avoid or encourage, i will give a try. Any tips for growing salvia in the maritime PNW would be appreciated!

They are in raw, new soil made from clay, sand, bark and compost, but so much sand, bark and compost that it drains well. Also, it's raised 6-8" above a layer of cardboard. They are planted between lavatera bushes.

Outdoors, in the ground already:

S4 - - - S. nemerosasylvestris - - - - "Amethyst Blue"
S5 - - - S. transylvanica - - - - - "Blue Spires"
S7 - - - Salvia superba - - - - - - "Violet Queen"
S11 - - - Salvia nemorosa - - - "Sensation Rose"
S21 - - - Salvia farinacea - - - - "Victoria" (Parks or trade)
S32 - - - S. coccinea, Texas Sage [P] - - - - - - Forest Fire

Potted up:
S2 - - - - Salvia farinacea - - - - "Victoria Blue"
S3 - - - - Salvia coccinea - - - - 'Coral Nymph'
S13 - - - Salvia nemorosa - - - "East Friesland" (2 of)
S21 - - - Salvia farinacea - - - - "Victoria"
S31 - - - Salvia coccinea - - - - - "Lady In Red" (1 of)

Next Tray:
S9 - - Salvia farinacea - - - - - "Strata"
S10 - - Salvia splendens - - - "Bonfire"
S14 - - S. x superba - - - - - - "Blue Queen"
S15 - - Salvia splendens - - "St. John's Fire" comm.
S16 - - Salvia splendens - - "Vista Burgundy"
S22 - - Salvia farinacea - - from evelyninthegarden
S20 - - Salvia farinacea - - from tuinkabouter
S30 - - S. coccinea - - - - "Scarlet Sage"
S31 - - S. coccinea - - - - "Lady In Red"
32 - - - S. coccinea - - - - "Forest Fire"
S51 - - Salvia viridis - - - - 'Marble Arch Rose'
S52 - - Salvia viridis - - - - pink & purple
S71 - - Salvia ??? - - - - "Blue Chiquita"
S72 - - Salvia greggii - - "Wild Thing"
S75 - - Salvia ??? - - - - "Pineapple Sage"
S77 - - Kansas native - - "Blue Sage" from joeswife


(very few sprouts from:
S. splendens,
'Marble Arch Rose' ,
"Blue Chiquita' ,
"S. coccinea Scarlet Sage S#30"
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

June 21, 2011
8:27 PM

Post #8645954

When you said you were into Salvia, you were not kidding. Sharon

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2011
8:29 PM

Post #8645956

I "tend" to go overboard when fascinated. I "did" delphinoums for three years before proving conclusively that they were slugs FAVORITE food, during the sluggiest years in my area.

Got one survivor!

Corey
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 23, 2011
4:37 PM

Post #8649871

Hi Rick -

I think they need more heat than my north-facing slope in the middle of the woods can generate. Interestingly, the $1.49 sage plants from the grocery store do great - they overwinter, they bloom, the hummingbirds love them.

It's the fancy cultivars that just don't last for me.

My lavatera has had to come back from its roots three years in a row now. And each year it flops. I think this is the last year it will be in my garden . . .

I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of your salvias in bloom!

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 23, 2011
5:44 PM

Post #8649964

>> It's the fancy cultivars that just don't last for me.

Ohhhh! I'll find out. When I sprout in a tray, some varieties have 50-80% germination, and the rest closer to 10%. It might be overwatering, wrong temps, soggy medium, old seeds, seeds crushed by the post office, or just plain fussy verieties. A few strains are very slow to sprout, and then very slow to grow.

I'll keep trying.

>> I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of your salvias in bloom!

Thank you! Me, too. But it would not surprise me if some of the perennials, and some of the very slow ones, don't flower this year.


>> My lavatera has had to come back from its roots three years in a row now.

Aren't they supposed to do that? I was told to cut them down to 1-2 feet in the late fall, and then 6-12" sometime in the winter. Mine are coming back from that and looking happy (my second year out of the tiny nursery pots).

>> And each year it flops.

I was told to withold water and fertilizer, and give it poor sandy with low fertility but good drainage. I'm afraid mine are going to get too much water, if I water nearby plants enoguh.

beebonnet

beebonnet
Coos Bay, OR
(Zone 9a)

June 24, 2011
4:10 PM

Post #8652350

Back to the weather...It's glorious here today. Finally!!!
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 24, 2011
4:30 PM

Post #8652404

Good tips about the Lavatera. I was comparing mine to the plants I used to see in Ballard in North Seattle, but that climate is AT LEAST a zone warmer than mine and the sun in the summers is much hotter.

I didn't fertilize, but the soil drainage could be better. I wondered if the flopping couldn't be due to soil richness as I've also read that that's the cause of Penstemon flopping (not really a rose companion then, I guess, huh?).

Here's a picture of my Salvia (at the bottom of the picture) - it's not in bloom yet, but I see lots of promising blossoms. You can see one of them here.

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RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 24, 2011
4:38 PM

Post #8652419

Nice! Good luck with them.

My neighbor's Lavatera was perched on top of a mound at the top of a small slope, so rain ran off, and anything that soaked in, drained away. No organic matter, no fertilizer. It was really nice for years, and upright, but then a spring had warm and cold snaps, and went down to zero (10-15 degrees colder than usual).

Never really came back.

Corey
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

June 24, 2011
10:28 PM

Post #8653029

Coos Bay, Oregon. We went there every summer for a day to visit my mother's older sister. My poor brother, one year younger than me. ( now 39) could not go because the sand fleas ate him alive. Did not bother the rest of us.

Our current temperature is 105 with a low in the mid 80s. So enjoy your cool weather.

Actually we were at a family BBQ because grandson got baptized, and when the sun was down it was beautiful

But I tell everyone daily about your wonderful weather, rain everyday and 65 degrees. AND, water every where.

JUST WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES AND YOU WILL STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT YOUR TRIP. LOL...

But we are cooling down to 99 on Tuesday for one day. Do not fret, we have thin blood and smart enough to stay inside between 11am and 6 pm.

But, can we have some of your water. Sharon aka, Mother Winter

Photo is my tomatoes just getting ripe

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beebonnet

beebonnet
Coos Bay, OR
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2011
7:10 AM

Post #8655335

Sharon---Nice tomato plant. I am happy to have a couple set on at this point. Enjoy your ripe tomato in a few more days.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

June 26, 2011
9:31 PM

Post #8656851

Had a summer sandwich for lunch. Tomato, cucumber, Vadelia onion, lettuce and bacon. YUM. Sharon.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

June 26, 2011
11:33 PM

Post #8656944

Oh nice. I'll have a few veggies by the end of the year but so far am still finding out what the slugs prefer. (Most of everything.)
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2011
6:58 AM

Post #8657318

Sharon, you are making us all drool. It will be at least a month before we can enjoy such a fresh sandwich.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

June 27, 2011
2:37 PM

Post #8658143

Well tomorrow we are going to be 106 with 30 mph gusts. Now that is a blast furnace. I am still trying to figure out what to do for my plants.

Add the individuals in North and South Dakota to your prayers. Sharon.
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

June 29, 2011
8:50 AM

Post #8661962

45 f and a drizzle here in Petersburg AK.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2011
10:14 AM

Post #8662097

Whenever the sun chooses to tease me, I am dropping everything to run out and mow the lawn before it returns to wetness of some sort. I do have to say the garden is growing by leaps and bounds and my new plants are all getting watered in well. So, no big complaints here.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2011
4:16 PM

Post #8662724

Jack has been here since Saturday. We are leaving tomorrow for Montana.

Saturday was gorgeous. It has been cold & drizzly since. So disappointing.

I imagine that it must be raining across the Pacific Northwest -- our forum has suddenly come alive today!
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

July 1, 2011
7:49 AM

Post #8665962

Well I am here lurking from Las Vegas. Just reading about your temperatures makes me feel cooler.

I hit the garden at 6am and dive back inside around 10:30am. I try to work in the moving shade. I am just sitting for a moment and taking a break.

The garden is actually surviving because it is deeply mulched. Mulch probably came from your area.

Have a great day. 105 today but "It is a dry heat". LOL. Sharon.

Photo is new canna.

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bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

July 1, 2011
10:03 AM

Post #8666149

Beautiful canna, Sharon. Anything over 80 I have a serious melt-down, dry or not. Guess that's why I am where I am. But, I am sure envious of the beautiful tropicals you hot-heads can grow.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

August 21, 2011
3:50 PM

Post #8769352

OK, I have to laugh looking at the photo of me all miserable on the deck. Yesterday I was in Beaverton (Portlandia) and it was in the 90s. Driving home through the valley the truck registered 101 degrees & a roadside stand said 104.

Once home here in the coast range, the temp was a perfect 87 and it got down around 60 last night I'll bet. It's days like this, though, that all is forgiven, no?
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

August 23, 2011
10:38 AM

Post #8772964

It is so nice to be back in Montana with sun. I have had my heater on all the time in AK and it is flooding everywhere. Oh yes and my boat has about 13 leaks. I think I will wait till summer to fix them. Hmmmm this is summer. Oh well.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

August 23, 2011
11:41 AM

Post #8773095

HMMMMM... Summer it is. :). Hoping those leaks get fixed soon.

We just had an earthquake. I just happened to be in the bank and thought I was dizzy as I was standing there, but everybody started talking about it, so I knewitwasn't me. Epicenter near Richmond, VA about 4 hours from here.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

August 23, 2011
12:41 PM

Post #8773196

Omigosh, Jan! Isn't a quake kind of an unusual occurrence out by you?

Sofer, when I was in Bigfork in July it was really HOT. Of course, I've never seen the state so green & probably never will again. I couldn't stop taking pictures. Even Great Falls looked almost good.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

August 23, 2011
2:55 PM

Post #8773394

Yes, it is odd, Summerkid. Now we have to watch for hurricane Irene's path. We are supposed to fly to the panhandle of Florida for a beach wedding this weekend. Hmmmmm... Wonder how long we will be delayed if they fly at all. Not gonna worry about that now, though.

Our son and DIL are participating in the Hood to Coast event this weekend. Praying the weather cooperates for them.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

August 23, 2011
2:59 PM

Post #8773399

Jan, so is my best friend Lisa! She starts her leg at midnight Thursday. So I wish them all well. Seems like an absolutely screwy undertaking to me but that's because I get lazier as the days pass.

I've had so many mind-boggling airline adventures that nothing fazes me anymore. As long as I have a book or an embroidery project, I stay calm.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

August 23, 2011
3:28 PM

Post #8773440

I may need to start a project for the trip.
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

August 24, 2011
10:03 AM

Post #8774631

Yes Summer it was warm then and has continued to be perfect. I though went to work in AK and soaked and froze my buttocks. It is interesting that earthquakes and hurricanes are all the event almost every week now. Hmmmmm? Jan just a little thought FORGET ABOUT THE WEDDING!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

August 25, 2011
11:03 AM

Post #8776277

We have decided to forego the beach wedding in Fl so we can stay home and monitor the hurricane and keep ahead of any possible flooding in our basement. Sad to miss the festivities. We'll have enough to keep us entertained here I think. Will keep you posted if I can. Should hit here Saturday night I think.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

August 25, 2011
12:16 PM

Post #8776373

will be thinking about you jan
springcolor
Lake Stevens, WA

August 25, 2011
1:31 PM

Post #8776552

Jan,
Stay safe!! By the news reports it sounds like a big one. Hope they are wrong!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

August 25, 2011
8:37 PM

Post #8777239

Thanks!!! The storm coupled with the higher tides because of the position of the moon. It will be interesting. I'm gonna be busy tomorrow putting stuff away outside and bringing stuff upstairs from the basement. Maybe Jeff will get a generator - if they have any left. Lol.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

August 26, 2011
4:17 PM

Post #8778588

Good Luck to you Jan. I hope it goes to the right and if it doesn't that you find something solid to hang on to. Will be thinking of you. Aren't earthquakes fun? Geesh!

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