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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 25, 2012
10:39 AM

Post #9366760

A MERRY WHITE CHRISTMAS TO ALL ON PNW!

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summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 25, 2012
4:51 PM

Post #9367003

Merry Christmas to you too, darling!
And Merry Christmas and happy holidays to the rest of our PNW friends.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 26, 2012
12:29 AM

Post #9367220

Merry Christmas to both of you!! Though I guess it is the day after Christmas technically. I've had family over all day. We had a live tree in a 5 gallon pot (Cryptomeria japonica v. chinensis) , so tomorrow I will plant it.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 26, 2012
1:13 PM

Post #9367686

Hi ladies, There is supposed to be three or four days without rain this week. Hope to get out a give all beds a good weeding.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

January 2, 2013
3:30 PM

Post #9373439

Happy New Year dear friends!!! Saw snow falling on Christmas Eve, but it didn't stick!!
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2013
3:47 PM

Post #9373462

Hi Jan, We had a little snow on Christmas morn. Just enough. Happy to hear from you.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

January 2, 2013
3:57 PM

Post #9373472

Thought I'd check in with you and let you know I do think about the PNW a lot.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2013
9:18 PM

Post #9373765

Thanks Jan, your well wishes are appreciated! The little dusting of snow we had was fun. It is amazing how kids will run outside with excitement for just a flake or two here in the PNW, because we never know if its all we'll get. I love snow too, if I don't have to go anywhere.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 4, 2013
10:03 AM

Post #9375222

Jan have you recovered from Sande alright? Did it hit you?
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

January 4, 2013
11:40 AM

Post #9375330

Thank you for asking. The saying is location, location, location. We are very thankful that the eye passed right over our county. That is what spared us, I believe. North of the eye was hit very badly. We are located at the top of the Delaware Bay. Those that live on the river got hit, but they get hit with noreasters, too. We only had two big limbs come down. It could have been MUCH worse, as you probably saw on the news. Our area was spared the worst. Relatives of mine that live north of Trenton in western NJ were without power for two weeks. Lots of devastation for sure. A group from church went over to Atlantic City about 3 weeks afterwards to help demo drywall in a house. The piles and piles of debris sitting out by the curbs were amazing.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 4, 2013
2:48 PM

Post #9375556

So glad to hear that, Jan. May the Creator shelter you in his hand this year as well.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 4, 2013
2:56 PM

Post #9375566

What was it like being in the eye of the storm?
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2013
12:56 PM

Post #9376286

Wow, Jan! Even 2 big limbs is scary, though I am sincerely glad you were spared the worst of it. Kudos to your church group for going to help out. There is so much work to deal with the aftermath and then rebuild. A carpenter from my town got a crew together and coordinated with an organized group at the other end. I think they took camping gear too so they would not become another bunch of people in need of housing and in the way even though their intent was to be of assistance.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

January 5, 2013
1:13 PM

Post #9376304

Lots of support from all over the country came pouring in the the hardest hit areas. Looking at pictures I can hardly fathom the devastation. There are still a lot of generous, caring people.
Lauribob
Twisp, WA

January 6, 2013
8:07 AM

Post #9377053

We finally got snow in time to have a white Christmas after having bare ground well into December for the first time since we moved here over 20 years ago. Happy New Year to everyone!

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2013
6:47 PM

Post #9377669

Great picture. Hope you all have the best of New Year's.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2013
9:16 PM

Post #9377738

Lovely snow photo, Laurie. I do miss real winter living on the western side of the mountains.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 12, 2013
7:00 PM

Post #9383174

A little late, but I just downloaded Christmas pictures. here's my Cryptomeria japonica v. sinensis that served as an X-mas tree this year. It is now planted, but I don't yet have a photo of it in the new location (taking the place of another tree the deer ravaged earlier).

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Lauribob
Twisp, WA

January 13, 2013
3:03 PM

Post #9383917

Pretty little tree and handsome young man! Are you originally from this side of the hill?
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 13, 2013
3:29 PM

Post #9383945

HI, I agree about the tree and the young man. How big will the tree grow?
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 13, 2013
5:09 PM

Post #9384018

The tree could get to be 50 feet tall at mature height (the son about 6 feet tall, hee hee). I'm originally from the midwest, where winter required much more planning in the coat, boots, mittens, earmuffs and scarves department. I am amazed how little people wear to go out when it is below freezing over here in the Seattle area.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 14, 2013
3:39 PM

Post #9385018

Looks like it might be sunny and thawing for the next four days. I'm going out there and do some work. Sowing winter wildflower seeds. Paper and compost on two new beds. A little cleaning up of deceased growth. Yippee!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 14, 2013
9:08 PM

Post #9385448

Maury, I am one of those who do not dress appropriately for the weather. If the sun is out, I assume it is mild enough to not wear a coat, often to my dismay. If the house is warm and it's just raining out, I also assume it is mild enough to not wear a coat. Again often a mistake. I am a native Washingtonian, so I guess I'll just continue to be a bit chilly when out and about...
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 14, 2013
10:14 PM

Post #9385476

I don't mind getting a little chilly and wet if I have a nice warm house to come back into.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 15, 2013
10:02 AM

Post #9385914

And I don't own an umbrella - another odd quirk of us natives.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 15, 2013
10:54 AM

Post #9385964

I own umbrellas but I use them to shade plants. Seldom wear an actual coat or boots or socks,no mittens or scarves.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 16, 2013
7:56 PM

Post #9387749

I guess I just have to admit I am an outlandish midwesterner even after 30 years out here on the West Coast. I still have wool socks, scarves and mittens in a drawer and get them out several times a year when it goes down below 25 degrees. A measly 32 or hovering just below freezing does not warrant the winter gear, though I do wear the wool socks when gardening in a cold drizzle (without an umbrella).
I will add this. Though we are well known for the rainy clime here, it rains a lot more in the Summer where I was raised, and on top of that it is often a downpour, not the gentle misty drizzle. A raincoat becomes a sauna in those circumstances, and an umbrella does allow a person to arrive at a destination without needing to wring buckets of water out of your hair!
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 17, 2013
10:40 AM

Post #9388220

That's all very true. The best way to keep your feet warm in any weather is to buy real fleece insoles for your shoes and boots. They are amazing and good for your skin also.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 17, 2013
8:05 PM

Post #9388765

I've never heard of fleece insoles.
Must get some.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 18, 2013
2:22 PM

Post #9389480

Places that sell fleece lined slippers usually carry the insoles.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 18, 2013
8:14 PM

Post #9389786

I'm a sheepskin-slipper gal. With the ridged soles so I can stomp around outside.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 20, 2013
10:35 AM

Post #9391280

Me too. They are so warm.
Lauribob
Twisp, WA

January 20, 2013
12:14 PM

Post #9391389

I have perfectly good slippers, but was still barefoot out on the porch feeding the cats at minus 4 the other morning. Go figure.
summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 20, 2013
12:51 PM

Post #9391438

Fahrenheit? Ow.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 20, 2013
6:17 PM

Post #9391768

I got my niece and mom sheepskin slippers for X-mas. They both love them.

Yesterday, I planted some wintegreen as a groundcover for the huckleberry bushes I put in a few months ago. The local nursery had a 40% off sale, so I bought a few things.. 'firefly' heather too. Does anyone have experience with wintergreen? Does it grow successfully in our climate? I only know of it growing wild in the woods in Michigan where I visited a friend and we went on a wintertime hike, dug down in the snow to find the berries.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 21, 2013
1:42 PM

Post #9392665

Could not find wintergreen in the "Western Garden" book. Does it go by something else?
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 21, 2013
6:53 PM

Post #9392964

Gaultheria procumbens. After buying it on impulse (the red berries looked so cheerful and smelled so good +childhood memories kicking in) I found it in Plant Files, only to discover it is finicky, needs well draining soil, and does not like clay, which is what I have. On the positive side, it needs acidic soil, which is also what I have, and I planted it in a slightly raised bed where I had dumped a lot of compost last year. Soooo, it might survive and it might not. We will see.

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