We received about two inches of very wet snow and also a very good rain, this was a wonderful Christmas gift since we needed the moisture so badly after two months of drought.
How did it work out at your house?
We got about the same amount of snow as Grits - and it was/is much appreciated here as well! The lettuce growing in the garden will probably not make it but we had cut it pretty close to bring in to eat since we knew the storm was coming. I covered the pansies up with buckets (which are still covered in snow). Does anyone not cover their pansies when it snows and they still survive? I'm always afraid that too much cold will kill them.
We got rain followed by about 2" of snow. It's still not all melted off the yard and the stuff that was on the driveway has refrozen and is now ice again. I'm really upset that my frostweed didn't freeze! I think mine is defective!
I love your snow pictures, Jo, grits and Stephanie! Snow just covers up a lot of details and brings out some usually un noticed details. I love how it transfroms the look completely, like for instance, those strawberry fields. Grits I think you should submit your shots to the landscape portion of the DG photo contest next year. I thought they would make a nice painting. Still no snow for us, just cold weather for a few days.
I had just planted some Pansy as I was doing some winter rehab on some rotted raised beds and didn't cover any of them so we shall see how much cold they can take ..I think my local greenhouse guy just leaves his out and will check on that today when I finally venture out to get the mail..The streets were thawed fairly well yesterday in the afternoon but we have a kinda nasty hill to go down in order to get to the postoffice,but do need to go today as we have more frozen precip in the forecast tomorrow ...We didn't get our daily paper yesterday due to icy roads and our local weekly comes out today and DW was already having withdrawals .So if she has to go another day !!!!!!!!!!! I'm sure y'all get the picture
Josephine, could you ever be fat! I don't mind as I know it won't last too long. My carnivorous plants need their winter rest so I don't complain. My cactus on the other hand are now wet and cold and that could be very bad for them. I am tired of cleaning though...
Pansies if roots have set in do fine, but the bucket was a good idea if only for the worst of storm or overnite, if you had banked the lettuce in leaves or pine needles, and maybe anyway for stubborns sake should come back with a bit of sun
We were with our daughter's family in Granbury, TX, just a wisp of snow fell for about 6 seconds! It did rain some but not much. Meanwhile down home south of Austin not a drop fell - very disappointing - the drought continues...
First pic is a Pansy peeking thru the snow #2 shows one that seems just fine and the last is showing what My Hugelkuture bed looks like a muddy hole in the ground so I guess this answers the question if the snow will harm the pansy guess they be a lot tougher than their name implies..
Chuckl- i THINK when you call someone a pansy it refers to how well women like pansies, so you're calling them feminine, not wimpy. Ice can hurt them if on them long, so you wash the ice off. Snow wont slow them unless it it gets too heavy.
Here in Washington state my pansies do great all winter- We just had 3" of snow and they loved it. Last year I had some that were 2 years old, but they gave up in the summer heat. I envy all of you down south- we have a long wait for veggie gardens- but I'm planning! Happy New Year, all.
Our snow is melting off finally so I checked the garden and you were right kattriana, the lettuce lives! Don't know if it will be able to put on new leaves in this chilly weather, but maybe it will at least survive till warmer temps.
Yep, those pansies are tough puppies! I wasn't sure before so wasn't taking chances - the buckets over them didn't do any harm at least. (We have had temps in the teens at night and it is a wonder anything can survive that.) Amazingly there is a petunia in a brick planter (back porch, south side of house) that was completely covered in snow four days and it survived too (nice green leaves but no flowers of course.) The collards are doing fine as well. So much to be thankful for!
JoParrot, it must be nice to have weather that allows pansies to last for two years! (bet you don't ever see 110 degrees like we do fairly often.)
You are so right Garden Sass, the south needs much more rain to have a productive spring (before the toasty days of summer cooks everything right out in the garden.)
We do have 100+ at times, but not for long periods. But I just checked the forecast on my computer- For the next week it says lows at night will be from 14 to 18° with highs about 22°---that's tough! I'm sure I will lose plants in my little greenhouse, but there's no place I can put them.
Yep, guineas can be loud and they certainly aren't the smartest critters in the barnyard! But they are kinda cute/silly looking and these particular three were hand raised so very sweet/friendly (they are my daughter's pets.)
Just so we could have more moisture it would be nice if another snowstorm would slowly blow over Texas.
Someone two streets over from me has a flock of guineas. When they feel threatened, they fly up into the trees. I like having them there. They are interesting and really add some diversity to our neighborhood.
If you want them tame, get a hen to set on the eggs (guinea eggs) and then as soon as they hatch take them away from the hen to an inside cage (we use an old aquarium) and hand feed them. I use an eye dropper and that grow-gel stuff for chicks for the first three days to a week while introducing them to game bird ration (but sometimes have to force feed them for about a week till they realize they can eat by themselves.) As they get grow and learn about eating other stuff they are excellent for cleaning up rolly pollies (pill bugs, sow bugs) under rocks and border material in flower beds/gardens. Ours will follow me (or whoever is taking them out to eat) around like puppies where ever I go because they know I'm taking'em to the bugs. So cute! We have accidently uncovered scorpions and before we could get them away one would eat the scorpion. It is a funny thing to watch too because it's as if they know the scorpion is harmful - the guinea will dance around and peck and when it finally grabs the scorpion beat it on the ground and then gobble it down. They will live peacefully with the chickens too if you put them in the chicken pen at an early enough age. We still take them out "hunting" though when the weather is good.
BTW, guineas absolutely LOVE broccoli when they are little. Just cut the flower/tops up (according to the size age of the guinea) and they chow down!
We have 1/2 acre of our yard fenced off for them (the chickens and guineas are in there together.) We had guineas before these (the parents of the ones we have now) who never were tame even though we got them only a couple days old, and raised them the same, and they roamed the whole fenced in part of the yard (back yard) about 2 acres. But they would find ways to get into the neighbors' yards and were attacked by dogs (they are definately "the grass is greener on the other side" sort when mature.) So these young ones we keep in with the chickens (safer that way.) They have started getting over the chicken fence so it's wing clipping time.
I have 10 Guineas and they are fun but they make loud noises ALL DAY LONG. They are great "watchdogs" though, they all make a loud, prolonged call when anything gets near the property, including my neighbors horses which have been there forever.