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frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 25, 2012
4:38 PM

Post #9366992

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?
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

December 25, 2012
5:26 PM

Post #9367016

I got the rain but perhaps not that much snow. We did get enough to have a "white Christmas" though. The rain was so needed.
grits74571
Talihina, OK

December 26, 2012
12:46 PM

Post #9367660

We had an all nighter on the rain and the snow came later yesterday afternoon so got between 4 an 6 in. then it all froze solid last night.. what ever we got it was welcome
grits74571
Talihina, OK

December 26, 2012
12:55 PM

Post #9367668

Just a few pix from my house #1 looking north #2 looking west #3 my poor Camelia it was just starting to bloom
Ladypearl
Iowa Park, TX

December 26, 2012
5:06 PM

Post #9367891

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.
stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 26, 2012
8:34 PM

Post #9368040

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!

steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 26, 2012
11:24 PM

Post #9368126

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.

This message was edited Dec 27, 2012 2:46 AM
grits74571
Talihina, OK

December 27, 2012
3:34 AM

Post #9368162

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

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 27, 2012
5:41 AM

Post #9368216

Yes, this cold weather is making me mad and fat, I don't move much in cold weather and all i want to do is eat because I am bored.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

December 27, 2012
6:57 AM

Post #9368262

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...

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 27, 2012
7:42 AM

Post #9368305

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
Garden_Sass
Central, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 28, 2012
4:59 AM

Post #9368851

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...

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 28, 2012
6:07 AM

Post #9368883

I am sorry you got no rain, it has been so dry, this has been a real blessing for us.
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

December 28, 2012
6:16 AM

Post #9368891

Josephine, what a pretty lady you are!!!

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 28, 2012
6:58 AM

Post #9368937

Thank you Kay, it must be all that labor growing the native plants that keeps me fit.
grits74571
Talihina, OK

December 28, 2012
9:53 AM

Post #9369055

Been raining here all morning not very hard and thankfully it is too warm for it to refreeze everything so just hangin looking at seed catalogs and wishin
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

December 28, 2012
9:54 AM

Post #9369057

Raining here and I wish I had covered the cactus bed. Hoping I won't loose too many to cold winter rains.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 28, 2012
10:02 AM

Post #9369065

No rain here yet, just foggy and misty.
grits74571
Talihina, OK

December 28, 2012
10:38 AM

Post #9369083

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..

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 28, 2012
4:03 PM

Post #9369346

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.
JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

December 28, 2012
4:19 PM

Post #9369360

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.
Ladypearl
Iowa Park, TX

December 30, 2012
9:25 PM

Post #9371017

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.)
JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

December 30, 2012
10:23 PM

Post #9371030

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.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2012
6:50 AM

Post #9371198

Do you hang a light bulb under the gh? Like you would do for your car motor? As long as the winds dont kick up into gales all but the most tender plants should survive.
JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

December 31, 2012
9:04 AM

Post #9371306

I have a small heater, but at 10 it won't be enough. Today I'll move my 3 citrus plants into the garage and hope for the best-
Ladypearl
Iowa Park, TX

January 2, 2013
9:33 PM

Post #9373775

Yeah, highs at 22 degrees borders on absolutely miserable weather. But spring is on the way!! (I'm looking for that silver lining everybody talks about.)
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2013
3:15 AM

Post #9373835

Hang on, Kiddos - the days are getting LONGER! Spring is on the way!!!!
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 3, 2013
6:57 AM

Post #9373965

It actually smells likeSpring here today. Does anybody know what I mean when i say that?????
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2013
7:26 AM

Post #9374007

Yes, Steady, I do.
grits74571
Talihina, OK

January 3, 2013
8:46 AM

Post #9374097

Smells like 19 here in Okie land
stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 3, 2013
9:11 AM

Post #9374120

Smells cold here.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 3, 2013
10:46 AM

Post #9374225

It is nice here, I have been out trimming the plants up front.
Ladypearl
Iowa Park, TX

January 3, 2013
11:00 AM

Post #9374244

Its still only in the forties this afternoon but the natives are restless (and showing up on my doorstep.) : )

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 3, 2013
11:05 AM

Post #9374251

Very cute!!!
stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 3, 2013
4:53 PM

Post #9374575

We used to have a flock (?) of guinea hens that lived on the property behind our house when I was growing up. Those things were obnoxious!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 4, 2013
3:15 PM

Post #9375590

Your winter snow looked great! I didn't want to get outside too much during that time. The decorations were pretty with the snow around too.
Ladypearl
Iowa Park, TX

January 5, 2013
10:41 PM

Post #9376835

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.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 6, 2013
12:26 AM

Post #9376852

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.
stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 6, 2013
8:59 AM

Post #9377107

They also are good for controlling grasshoppers and other pests.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 6, 2013
9:23 AM

Post #9377130

I wonder if I could have pet guineas...hmmmm.
Ladypearl
Iowa Park, TX

January 6, 2013
11:28 AM

Post #9377248

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!
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 7, 2013
12:06 AM

Post #9377768

When you mention, "taking them out", it suggests they dont run free. Where do you keep them?
Ladypearl
Iowa Park, TX

January 7, 2013
10:44 AM

Post #9378167

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.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2013
6:37 AM

Post #9378962

Stephanie...you couldn't keep guineas inside...they would become cat toys!
My Mother had guineas at my sister's house once, but the hawks picked them off one by one.
sweetmommy
Fulshear, TX
(Zone 9b)

January 8, 2013
9:13 AM

Post #9379055

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.

Loonie1

Loonie1
Rowlett, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 9, 2013
1:00 PM

Post #9380227

I am late, as usual. Loved the Christmas snow and am LOVING this drenching rain we're having now. Josephine, you are so cute!! :-)

Carla

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 9, 2013
2:28 PM

Post #9380304

Hello Carla, that looks so nice !! Good to hear from you.
I am loving the rain, so good for us, but I am bored to tears, oh well that is life.
stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 9, 2013
2:49 PM

Post #9380335

Sheila, I wouldn't WANT to keep guineas...inside or out!
Ladypearl
Iowa Park, TX

January 9, 2013
8:36 PM

Post #9380635

That snow pic is beautiful Loonie1. So glad we are getting rain this time though - not the "thunderstorms with heavy rain" that the weatherman promised, but drizzle is better than nothing.

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