So many deer Bedhive! What do they do to your yard or do you just plant things deer don't like. Cute pup.That liitle sweetpea would freeze in a second. What does she weight? My niece has a brown one named Tessy.
There are many deer in this area. I moved to this house 6 months ago..so I am not sure what will happen to the garden come spring. The back yard has 4ft chain link fence (ugly) but it seems to detract the deer from coming in. I have an appointment to put a picket fence around the front garden this morning. My guess this appointment will be posponed due to the snow still on the ground. The front yard was planted with "deer resistant" plants and the back with things I love but will really need to keep an eye out for the deer hopping the fence.Sweetpea is about 5lbs. She has a sister dog named Blossom.
On a gardening note---the heavy snow crushed and destroyed my pop-up greenhouse that I use as a cold frame, which resulted in the overturning of all of my "Ruffled Patty" and "Patty's Plum" papaver orientales that I had started out there. :-( Neighbor's creek is flooding their entire yard and horse pasture, and the road is blocked due to high water. This could be very ugly for people at risk for flooding unless this rain lets up. It is absolutely TORRENTIAL. I had to give my chickens food inside of their coop, b/c the external run is soaked/puddling. It's nasty out there. I don't know if this tropical warm front is going to head north or not. Probably not. A gradual melt-off is what you want. It's ugly down here. Went from snowing hard yesterday with 5 inches of snow to 52 degrees and heavy, heavy rain = perfect flood conditions. We had the exact same thing on January 16, 2011! when 3 cabins on the river where we have a mountain cabin, literally washed away down the river (zigzag river on Mt. Hood).
Take Care. Sorry about your pop-up greenhouse. When things settle can you replant the Papaver? It's frezing here tonight with frozen rain. Then going to warm up! If you don't get your poppies I have a very pretty peachy ruffled one that needs dividing. There is a picture on one of these threads from last spring here on the PNW forum. Could sent your way in the spring. I would post the picture but my computer crashed in November, pictures gone. Anyway, least of your worries right now. Take care and keep those aborable kids of yours safe.
We're still sitting on temps in the mid-20s and it snowed most of today, but lighter flakes so not as much accumulation. Kinda waiting for that warm blast to roll through, although I'm guessing that will be one sloppy mess.
Total mess out here on the coast! We've had a lot of snow, followed by a 3-day monsoon & then what felt like a hurricane. Aside from losing power frequently, I'm fine here in my mountain aerie. I no longer have an island, just a wide river, but the torrent is spectacular as long as it stays down the hill & across a meadow. Several big chunks of the bank are missing, though.
Haven't ventured past the little market at the foot of my hill all week. Roads so treacherous & trees down everywhere. The shopkeeper, who lives in Salem, has been holed up in the back apartment for 3 days because of highway closings!
So sorry about your flooding, kosk. Is it subsiding?
Summer---yes I've heard things have been a mess on the coast and coast range. I think things will improve quite a bit here today. More rain today, but we had a big rain break overnight. So I expect when the sun comes out, I will see the neighbor's yard improved. No probs in my yard, just a big puddle by the front door. School was cancelled today, though. It's been interesting to see the power of water up close. I'm fascinated by natural underwater springs that must have filled, and then just pop up in our valley spouting water out of the ground like a fountain. None in my yard, but I've saw three of them in other pastures.
I see the power of water up close every day. If not here in my own back yard, then down on the beach whenever I make a grocery run. That's one of the reasons I'm so in thrall to the coast -- you see the awesome, inexorable force of nature all day, every day.
I should say the springs are more like a water fountain like the Benson bubblers in Portland. Watched a dog drinking from one---he was perplexed and enjoying it at the same time. At least our well won't be going dry any time soon!
Oh my! That is a mess. Stay safe while cleaning it up, as there are probably more limbs still weighted down with snow and ice, ready to fall if disturbed.
Our lights came back on this afternoon, but have been flickering on and off, so I don't know how long until we are plunged into the dark again by another falling tree.
The building is a garage. It missed the building. Just a few shurbs are lost. Hard to tell with all the snow. For sure my viburnum 'Oriental spice' is toast. I have been watching the news and our damage is nothing. Feel very fortunate!! MLM you can see down to the house much better.. I kind of like the open feel. More sun when it shines!!
Sharon and Julie keep us posted. Hope your power is fixed soon.
The governor has declared a state of emergency for Lincoln County. You wouldn't know a thing about that if you lived up here by me, just that the river is a bit high! So I'm still not tempted to leave the house unless I run out of beer or cat food.
And it's probably good for me not to run to the store every other day to get the stuff I like to eat every day, instead rummaging through the cabinets & pantry & using up stuff that is on hand.
Rain came down in buckets last night again. From a gardening perspective, I'm thinking about how all of this rain is literally washing away all of the nutrients in my soil. And my constant battle against clay. Going to need another 3 units of compost delivered this year. Every year I think, "At least I won't have to dig this compost in next year." But every year, I look at the soil and it seems to revert back to clay a little bit.
Washingtonians: crossing fingers the ice doesn't damage your plants and cause too much die-back on things like ceanothus and escallonia (those are two things that most suffer in my yard from ice or low temps). Snow itself seems to protect plants, so that snow cover under the ice will probably help out a lot.
We have absolutely fantastic neighbors. The road was totally passable by the time Julie and I got home from work on Friday nite. It will probably take us all summer, however, to get things looking better again. And last night about midnight we got power back! I am almost afraid to go out and check the damage around the place. The greenhouses are no doubt in bad shape. Oh well, guess we can always start again. Today will be spent just getting the house pulled back together again. Blankets, candles, lanterns and dirty dishes are everywhere! Well, better get at it...
Aw, PNW, that's great news but I know there'll be some disappointing discoveries ahead. I'll bet it's a comfort to have Julie to share the burden with you.
We got socked again yesterday. Kosk, you OK down there in the valley? I had a massive trunk come down my creek last night & kind of change the landscape a bit; my favorite tabletop boulder appears to have been dislodged, and my bridge setup with flat stones where the scaffolding plant rests looks all torn up too. Something knocked the power out this morning too. Nothing notable compared with what you guys are going through but these power outages are messing with my schedule a bit.
Thanks Willowwind2 and Springcolor... those pictures of the bamboo were just taken today (except for the snow covered culms). It always amazes me..I still have a lot of damaged culms throughout and especially in the back...but looks good from the house! I will be getting quite an upper body workout to untangle and rearrange the canopy.
I'm Bonehead's sister and she's always telling me how fun you guys all are on this forum, so I thought I'd join in. My greenhouse is pretty small - just big enough to start some seeds in the spring. It's attached to our pump house and a tool room/storage room. By the middle of February, it begins to get warm enough in there to just sit in a chair and soak up the sun. (about the time you feel like spring will never get here.) I love it! Here's an old picture of the inside, when it was new. It looks a little more "lived in" now.
Here's another pic of the outside when it was newer. She's looking a little weathered now. Last winter we got a weird wind that blew one the self-opening windows open, lifted one of the panes out, and flew it about 10 feet away where it landed impaled in the snow on end. (without breaking!) It was in there so hard, we had to break the ice around it before we could lift it out. They are just used sliding glass door panels that we got at a yard sale or something.
We had this really ugly, little unfinished pumphouse to begin with. Greg built the rest of it around that. He's a carpenter and he built a form for the corbels and poured them in one at a time. Some more photos. (Had to try out the multiple photo thing!
Ditto everyone else. That counts as one of the most artfully constructed greenhouses I have ever seen. Should I ever get a greenhouse, it is far more likely to be plain though functional, as my DH is a completely utilitarian type of builder.