I am not worried about the perennials but I do wonder how the annuals will do. They are sort of spread out so they might just have to take their chances. I hope it stays a little above 32 tonight. Oddly its usually just a little warmer at my place than what is forcast. Of course that doesn't mean I will luck out tonight or tomorrow night.
At a weather site that I belong to (where there are a lot of mets) news really doesn't look good for Arlington. I'd get the frost cloths out just in case.
My province has a lot of snow (historical record breaking in fact) so we are sharing our cold very well this year.
A Houstonian posted this at a weather site I belong to (they like to watch my winter weather): "Spring? What's that? :cold: We won't be out of the 50's today with N winds gusting to 36mph. Feels like temp is 52f. Low this morning was 47f, with a low of 35f expected tomorrow and the next day. THIS IS NOT SPRING!!!!"
Another Texan just posted this re Arlington: "Yeah unless they live in the urban cores of two big cities (32-33), it's likely to be 32 or below. Tomorrow night everyone will probably be 32 or lower since there won't be any wind. (Austin metro area same scenario)"
I pulled pots back to the greenhouse, and some bogs back into the greenhouse, and covered the annuals I had set out. In the veggie garden I only have onions, swiss chard, spinach and asparagus. I ate the asparagus, everything else can handle 31. My veggie garden is mainly in 4 inch pots in the greenhouse with a heating mat under them, I expect they will be fine, especially when I put the heat lamp on the chicks.
When Arlington doesn't freeze, I usually freeze, sometimes the only frozen spot in the metroplex seems to be my house. so when I set my annuals and greenhoused perennials out I put them all together, and they are all tucked in for the night.
I put 5 gal buckets over my tomato transplants. Hope that will keep them safe. Tomorrow, if it's going to be much colder, I might have to put some Christmas lights under the buckets for them. I'm not worried about the spinach, onions, cilantro, or garlic.
"Here's a good link to check temps across the U.S. Just click one of the sections with the 3-letter identifier and the map will show temps in red. Numbers in green are dew point temps. Upper 20s in the Dallas/Arlington area this morning. Upper 30s down here in Houston. "
"Tomorrow morning's freeze should the worst of it. Duration will be longer than this morning then it's a good go aside from outlying areas on Weds. Mentioned this in the spring thread, warming up for wxman later this week and into a wetter pattern. Can't discount an April frost for some places as the AO remains negative and far north still well below normal, but gardening season should be able to get going full force soon."
This morning was 35F here. My soil temperature was 50F.
I did cover the tomatoes and the cucumbers ... all the blankets I have ...
Tomatoes are looking good and I actually think they are enjoying this weather ... I know it seems strange ... but I never had so beautiful green leaves and such a thick stem ... My plants have been out since February 16th ... I think they are used to some chill ... but I am still worry ...
Strangely the cucumbers look good too! I might have lost 2 plants (they are both too close to the edges ... I will be really surprised if they will survive after tonight !
I started a bunch of stuff inside and it really should be potted up--stems are getting REALLY stretched. OTOH I would be scouring the yard for one or two crocus back north. Yes, Cheryl, 40* is awesome in Feb-March, but I'm still going to wait a week or two before sun-bathing!
Amazingly, I have resisted the urge to put anything in the ground yet. I did start unloading the greenhouses a couple of weeks ago -- just some of the new seedlings of milkweed, dill, parsley, etc. I moved them all back in Sunday. I heard a newscaster say this was winter's last gasp. My response to the television? "Die, already!" I'm ready for warm weather! ((Be sure to remind me of this statement when I start complaining in August.))
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It's was 30 here this AM supposed to be lower tommorrow AM, close to freezing in town Wed AM, that means a freeze here. My stuff is staying covered, it will be fine. So glad I haven't planted out yet, this is unusually cold.
Pretty garden lights. Sittin in Big Cabin, Ok- dry here, bright moon, short sleeve weather at 28* simply because there is no wind.Check dew points and it will tell you if there was frost at dawn. I dont think there was.
Looks so pretty, Stephanie! I put down some sheets and put plastic back up on my hoops. They are talking 31 here tonight, and we tend to always be a couple degrees warmer than whatever the weatherman says, but I will sleep better tonight, knowing my plants are also going to sleep a little warmer.
Hope your tomato plants made it through the night, Stephanie. I know that protective feeling -- I've got a bunch I grew from seed, too. They're going in the ground on Wednesday. 32 here this morning...so far.
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got down to 26 last night, hard ice on the dog's water, but up to 29 already. It was down 4 hours. If it was tender and freezeable, it froze. I covered the main lot of tender plants and the geenhouse is fine.
37F here this morning.
Covered my tomatoes with all the blankets I own. I worry and I don't ... my tomatoes have been out for more than a month ... even with 32F out there.
They are the best plants I ever grew ... let's see how they will produce ...
The rest of the garden is just fine ... Irises blooming and new roses are starting to blossom: Soleil d'Or and Abraham Darby.
Sorry carrielamont, my English is not the best.
I try to explain.
This is my fifth year that I am growing tomatoes in DFW. I am a "fearless" gardener and I always transplant tomatoes out mid February.
This year has been colder than the past 5 years (in my opinion). I had to cover my tomatoes for multiple nights ... they survived 32F and heavy winds.
The plants are amazing (soon you will see pictures) : thick stems and beautiful green leaves ... because I think they put themself in a "survivor" mode ... to be able to live in this condition.
The fellows at the weather site I belong to say another round of cold temps from up here will be heading down there next week.
A number of them are mets and all suggest looking at the NOAA site. They are darn good, most of the time, at reading the forecasting models and have often been more on the mark then professional sites re forecasting winter weather and hurricanes.
My province just broke historical record cold temps on Monday and more cold is forecasted to come our way (though we will first be warming up since we just shared with you folks). Sorry. :S
Mid April guys.Amarillo is blowin dust north and trees are tippin green. It sounds worse than what is actually hitting us. drthor- these ants do go into survivor mode- the rough winds and chill temps are coupled with sunshine that can NOW give you a sunburn! As well as a bit of wind burn.
Don't pull your plants out, just cut the frozen part off. 2 out of 3 of mine came back after a freeze last year or in 2011 (don't remember which). The 3rd didn't but hey, a tomato plant is a tomato plant.
This is the first time ive ever been glad I'm behind. Lol I had a funny feeling that we where going to stay cold later. I just told somebody today that I thought we had at least one more freeze to go.
Carrie-drthor has beautiful tomato plants and great yields but she plants out much earlier then many of us and puts a lot of time and expense into them. She really works hard to get the results she gets. I don't think there is anything I could put over mine that would keep the temps above freezing. We get colder here.
Stephanie- I hope they come back but I'm still sorry.
I think you meant a lot of: "time, passion and love" ... right ?
Thanks so much for the compliments. I do look forward to see pictures on how your tomato season will be this year starting so late and I wish you the best.
Every year right after I transplanted them outside ... and a front cold comes after a week ... I think: OMG I did plant to soon ... next year I will wait !! a freeze ... aah I will lose all my plants ... and so far all my timing and techniques and "tomato dance" did work, I never lost a plant to the cold weather.
I am the "fearless tomatoes gardener".
Now I am dreaming about trying all of the new varieties of tomatoes I did plant this year ...
I am sorry that i didnt remind steph to bank the dirt around her maters as well. Sometimes I can read posts but DG wont let me post anything. Steph. dont give up on the maters cuz they look frozen, i cant see,but try waiting and bank the dirt up more on them, esp if you planted deep. protect from winds and give em another week or so before you pull.
Just for the record drthor I'm not "starting so late". Actulally I'm right on time. I've been doing this for 15 yrs and with a job, kids, and living so rural where it gets extra cold I've learned that if I plant too early I have no way of keeping them above freezing. I guess Stephanie started late too? Lol Anyway, don't wait on pictures I don't post them, everybody knows what tomato plants look like.
Our microclimates are so different there is no way to compare. When Carrie brought up Winter Sowing that is usually when people start the seeds out side in milk jugs are something similar not starting under lights, like we do. Just don't want to confuse people into thinking they can put their plants outside, without protection, and they will survive a freeze. But Im not late, at least according to A&M, nobody around me has planted out either.
I just looked at the 10 day forecast and more freezing weather and rain is expected in the middle of next week. This, I have never seen.
So sorry for your plants stephanietx.
I think you should wait and see what will happen. I did have a Sapho tomato plant that has been decapitated the day after I transplanted it outside ... I mean it was left only 1" of the stem ... it came back !
Good luck !
Here are some of my tomatoes after these cold days.
My thermometer outside went down to 35F the lowest.
The plants are very strong and they developed a thick stem.
In the picture #5 you can even see new bright green growth ... so now I can sleep tonight.
Tropic, they are different varieties. The Pantano Romanescos seem to have suffered the most and those are the ones I most wanted to have this year. :/ I still have a couple that I've not given away, so we'll see if I need to replant.
My seedlings all got damping off disease. Luckily I have more seeds.
I've heard of people who get tomato plants sprouting in their compost. Hardly the fabulous treatment drthor gives, but it augers well for people like me. I may yet be a successful tomato grower. Of course, those plants growing in compost may not actually produce fruit.
Carrie-what did you use to start your seeds in? Just bc they grow in a compost pile is no reason they shouldn't put on fruit. Except they may not have time. My volunteers come up in late April or May, I prefer to get an earlier start. Lol but the ones I've left have grown and produced.
Carrie, I've had tomatoes sprout from my compost--not in the compost itself, but in the soil where the compost got spread. They're just from leftover kitchen scraps, no idea what variety they were. One bore little cherry toms a couple of years ago. Another came up in my pavonia bed in the alley, where it got NO care, and grew up to about 4 feet.
And that's why I try to avoid weeds in my compost--I figure they'll do the same thing!
Hahaha no, it was not I. I heard of it happening to someone else. If it were my tomatoes, that would imply that I was a.successfully growing tomatoes and b.successfully composting. Both of which were hard with our short, cold season. I think composting out here would be much easier.
It's raining in louisiana to. The freeze burned my colocasia back and killed my wisterias flowers. I hope the colocasias come back. I don't think you could kill the wisteria with a nuke. My Amsonia ludoviciana is made of sturner stuff. It didn't even faze it.
wisteria doesn't like to be overwatered I think. I killed my 15 ft tall one. It had yellow leaves in june 2008, first year it bloomed, so I soaked it good. All the leaves fell off 10 days later. A big storm moved it for me in Feb 2009, along with the pergola it had grown through and around.
Having a hard time trying to decipher who may be right...weather forecaster or Mother Nature? All my long life I have told that the Pecan Tree doesn't bud until AFTER THE LAST FREEZE. Well, all 6 of mine are covered in buds. Haven't opened up the greenhouse yet as the weather forecast is not all that good for this coming week. Comments?
Nothing I can do to make the tree bloom. it will or it won't and I planted like crazy, wildflowers, other flowering bushes, etc.
The almond growers are trying to drive up the price, enough bees were found, they did have to pay more, but part of that is beekeepers have been taking the losses and low pollination fees for years, and gas is higher than ever to get the bees there.
I just remember 1 spring in Minneapolis a couple bee trucks got caught in an accident and couldnt get the trux off the road because ppl refused 2 let them past - then it got hot and 2? People died before the fire trux arrived. there are some really non thinking folks they give drivers licenses to...hope you find something blooming in time. Am sitting in Vidalia, Ga with everything bloomin. Think I am goin to drown very shortly. sneeze.
The Rue I grow for Swallowtail Butterflies has been blooming for 2 weeks. Just came inside and the plant is covered with honey bees. They are buzzing the poppies and Lady Banksia roses as well. Last year a colony settled on a Magnolia branch and we had to call a bee keeper to retrieve them. Made me want to learn how myself. He said the original colony is probably still in someone's attic.
Keeps you on your toes, Don. I always loved your pictures and your stories from Kansas. I'm embarrassed to ask, but I will, are you alone these days? I hope not.
The difference in Texas and Kansas is that Kansas gets cold and stays that way for a good long spell. Texas, well...that's another story. The plants never actually go dormant because the next day it could be all out summer.
No,my wife is still here with me,although her Alzheimer has gotten considerably worse,and our home although brand new,is about 1/3 the size of my home in Wichita,makes it easier for her to get around,she spends most of the day hand sewing,or playing solitaire on the computer,her memory is less than 5 minutes at best.
What gets me is the wind,there is hardly any trees here to block the wind,living on a plateau 20 mph almost all the time,I've been planting trees left and right here,and the dew point is very low and no humidity at all to speak of,it can be 100* outside while I'm working,and I never break a sweat at all,that I do like,after 44 yrs welding sweating all the time all day long,and now never sweating is just fine with me.
All the trees will lean one way. Nowhere to give them a wall of any kind? Other bldgs used to be built to shield each other. Hmmm. Bushland must be on that eastrrn side of the panhandle where the winds seem driven year round.
Ok. theres one problem. You are actually only 60m from Nuevo Mexico. Not too small a place- though my Atlas failed me and google search shows me a school stadium as the only green for miles. Inch is as good as a mile...cept on our maps
Well there are 3 schools,new high school middle and grade school,post office,toot and carry gas station Italian restaurant,Mercantile and a few houses in town,I live outside the town,no mail delivery.Since I have only been a few months not sure where Nuevo NM even is,will have to look it up!Right now grilling some Beer Brauts outside,but I will get to it shortly!!LOL
I can't believe this but the forecast for next Wed. is 39* in the AM I can't see Thursday. I'm going to sow some bean and radish seeds. Since we get colder then the forecast we could see another freeze. I thought this was our last one. Never dreamed it might get cold AGAIN. A lot of veggies just don't like it that cold. After what happened to Stephanie's plants I'm not willing to take a chance. Have to wait on the tropicals...
Man, we had a real rain storm last evening. So much thunder for over an hour and then the wind and driving rain. I think I heard a few pellets of hail at one point. We got a really good rain from it. Today it's really cool, below 60 all day.
Don, glad that your spouse is still with you. You are such a good person. Whatever made your son to move to such a God-Forsaken place? Even native Texan's keep away from such. cold and dreary here tonight as well and I live in a suburb of Dallas. Our climate leaves a lot to be desired but we DO HAVE TREES.
Challenge,I love a good one!!!!Excitement,being this is my first spring here,I'm just now planting my gardens,I bought all dwarf fruit trees,just because of the wind,all my bulbs came in the mail today so I'll be planting today ,about 50 or so lily's,the oriental fragrant types,a few of them will be dwarfs as well,well gotta see the doctor today diabetes is starting to get the best of me,might be getting a insulin pump these 6 shots a day driving me insane!
Oh dear. Didn't realize diabetes was in the mix, Don. Have a 36 yr old niece that was diagnosed with Type 1 at 5 years old. The years following were a pure nightmare. Nov. 2010 she had a double transplant of kidney/pancreas. For the first time she can remember she is not diabetic. Not to say all is easy...a washtub of meds to keep down the rejection. Just to say, I know of the problems you face everyday and I am sorry. Lost most of her sight and of course, the kidneys failed.
My prayers have been with you and your wife for a long time, will step them up quite a bit as I wasn't aware of the diabetes complication. Hope your new experience with your garden will be positive.
Thank you Christi,and yes still have my parrots,they love the new greenhouse,no matter what the weather might be outside they get to walk on the bamboo walk hanging in the greenhouse,allowing them freedom from there cages,down side is when I'm working out there I have to remember to keep a open eye when there straight above me,there practical jokers,I can almost here them say BOMBS away!!!LOL
Just have to add that we got down to 32* and a little below on Friday morning. The forcast was in the 40s but when drove my son to school the temp. in the truck read "ice". I'm glad I didn't plant anything in my lower garden bc I wasn't expecting this.
I just checked Liberty Hill, TX on the weather.com to understand your weather and I was surprised that in the next 10 days forecast your weather is so much warmer than mine in Dallas.
Is there another Liberty Hill city in Texas?
The one I mapped is by Georgetown, TX.
That's the same one. Was it a really small dot? The 10 day forecast I just looked at has Wed or Thurs. morning in the 30s. This last Friday the forecast low was in the 40s but when the clouds cleared out it went below freezing. Also, I'm very rural so it's colder then "in town" but it was 36 on the hwy Friday morning. I didn't even know LH had a weather station I just know how much colder we will be then Austin or some of the other areas.
She has desert weather, cold at night, scorch in the daylite. From that alkaline caliche caprock across there, grows good cedars... some of that area is still stressed heavily from the drought and fires a year or so ago...colors are muted, trees are slowly leafing beside other trees that are in full leaf green...south of San Antonio was greener than there.
This year has been much cooler .
Here is a picture to explain "how much cooler".
At the beginning of April I always groom my kitties. They all have long fur and when the heat starts at the end of March the house is a fur ball !!
That is when I shaved the kitties, they all love to be without all of that fur.
This year my kitties are so cold ! They all want to come under the covers at night (which they never have done before) ... I put out a few blanket for them ... and here my little Torchy ... the poor baby is so cold ...
Well everything still in the GH,but the new trees I just planted will get there leaves and flowers burnt for the 3rd time,I hope it doesn't kill them,jane magnolias and weeping cherry trees,everytime they start to flower a hard freeze comes,would you please ask ole man winter to stop???LOL
I use accuweather.com for the most part, I find accurate enough for me. Nobody predicted a freeze on Friday but my the thermometer in my truck said "ice" I can't argue with that. Sometimes my lower garden will freeze but my upper garden won't, simply due to location.
Drthor, it mite be only for a few hours but if those few hours are under 32 that's all it takes, and many plants just sit there if the temps are too low. I thought it mite freeze Friday morning just bc of the conditions but it wasn't predicted. I don't know if it's a matter of zones as much as microclimates. I don't like to plant out tomatoes until the next week's forecast is 45 or above for the lows, and 55 or above for peppers and Eggplant. I've never seen cold fronts rolling in every week at this time of
I'm hoping the seeds I direct sowed sprout bc the temps aren't where they should be. The forecast changes every couple of hrs. Lol
Drthor, your cat is beautiful but can you let us know how Big Mamma is doing with this crazy weather?
Great link Stephanie, I didn't realize it went straight to LH. Thank goodness I don't see 89 forecast for tomorrow, 80 sounds good to me. Looking at that map I'm actually 5 miles North of Highway 29 by the junction of 2 rivers so that keeps it colder here too.
Thanks for asking.
Big Mamma came out of hibernation on March 16th ... but now she is hiding some place.
She did realize that the tomatoes are not growing very much ... so no Tomato Horn Worm for her any time soon.
Poor Bug Mama !
Who is Big Mama? And yes, this weather is unusual. I shouldn't freeze this week but I will be covering some tender plants, and I guess the tomatoes will stay in the greenhouse. Hopefully it won't be hard enough to hurt all the bulbs I put in Sunday
I could get a mild frost, but noaa for the microclimate known as Crowley Texas says 34 for a low Wednesday night - we average 4 degrees below DFW nighttime lows if it is actually cold, DFW is forecast for about 38,. crossing my fingers, covering a few things.
37 here already,saying will dip down to 18* tonite
winds about 45 mph blowing tumble weeds back south where they came from!!!LOL
Lilpon,shut the door!!!!
Planted sweet corn,Spanish peanuts,and big mammoth sunflowers,yesterday,takes couple weeks before germination so I should be safe I hope!
While I was waiting on the wife's permanent,I went next door to the all natural food store,saw some uncured bacon,hadn't had any in many years ,bought a pound,when I got home fried some and had my first BLT of the year,well it was sooo goood I had to sandwiches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love Big Mamma! Can you bring her in the house if it gets too cold? I wonder if horned worms can be shipped I don't usually have many and my birds love them but I think she would like them more. Besides with a shell who can tell if she's putting on a few oz...
Well I brought in the strawberry plants I potted for lack of cleared ground, stuck them in the greenhouse, and a few other cuttings delicates. The surplus straw and alfalfa from the goat pen were liberally applied over my tropical lily and gladiolus bulbs, that should take care of them. And my clematis vines I'd just put out. I'll put a blanket over my more tender babies here soon. All live stock have adequate straw and cover, dogs are saying , oh yeah, bone on rug day and camping out in the house mostly. It is 39 here.
Don't know how much we got but it was a lot of cold--cold rain with a lot of T&L I saw that 21° out in the panhandle and knew it was headed my way ,too much stuff to cover other than the tomatoes so just suck it up and hope for the best was 39° here the last time I looked so maybe with the remaining clouds it wont get too much colder
Actually the new forecast low for Crowley for tonight has gone up to 40, so all my frantic covering may not have been necessary. Our clouds hung around, and it does seem to have warmed up a bit outside.
It stormed last nite. The have clouds cleared and the wind has stopped, I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't freeze or get close to it. I did cover what I have planted. Is the cold front forecast for next week? Lol
Dawn will hold the coldest temp before tomorro warms up. Watching the weather around the roads heading to Colo after tomorrow. I have the 511 weather sites that show the roads and cameras for the states, there are weather cams as well as road data for those who drive as online data.
Got to around 38 or 39 here I think. But I'm glad I covered everything. I have a lot invested this year. (last couple of years the front flower bed looked like a bermuda grass patch a foot deep with a few flowers at one end and oregano at the other)
I finally had the courage to check the garden.
Everything is ok: tomatoes are setting fruits, eggplants and peppers have a few yellow spots on their leaves from the wind, cucumbers and squash are alive. beans are alive with a few damaged leaves.
Gypsi I think my vegetables are very strong because I started them a while ago. So they are older plants.
My kitties are the only one that went under cover last night. I keep finding the little brown Persian inside my bed ... they are so cute.
These are the CUCUMBERS HEROE varieties:
CORINTO and THRIUMP F1 I bought from Johnny's.
They are both parthenocarpic variety, which they are my favorite because they perform so good in the TX heat of our summer.
Since they don't need pollination it seems that they don't get stressed by the heat ... just my humble opinion.
Now I found out that they are COLD resistant ! They have both been outside since March 15th, with no protection.
These partenocarphic seeds are more expensive, but they produce a lot and they are resistant to heat and diseases.
Judge yourself in these pictures. Corinto is the one with the little cucumber already ... by the way this cucumber grew 1/2" from yesterday.
My tomatoes are waiting for me to finish my year end taxes and plant them in the garden, so they are still in the greenhouse. But I didn't get seed started til around April 1st and they are doing well for the late start. All heirloom varieties of tomatoes and green pepper are up and growing and need to go outside. Just busy...
I have cucumber seeds to start, and summer squash and zucchini, but that time thing is hitting me again. Not even in the greenhouse, still in seed packages.
It is supposed to be 40 in Austin tonight so it will be around freezing here Fri. Morning. I still have everything covered, what little I have planted out. Another cold front is predicted for next week same days same temps. I just can't see a reason to plant my stuff in the garden and risk loosing it or having to cover 50 instead of 4 plants. I did sow cuke and squash seed but they took a lot longer to germinate. If this round gets frozen I'll try again.
Gypsi-I don't think it's you and the time thing it's this crazy weather. I still have peppers to pot up but I want to plant in the garden but this weather won't let me. My tomatoes would much rather be at 70* then 38*.
Are you sure? In my post right before tropicman I mentioned the forecast for the middle of next week. They are saying 39 for the town close to here so that means colder here. I think it's coming from your direction.
I'm not really sure if I'm high desert but I'm at the base of the Hill Country, and very rural. I just never know I didn't expect a freeze last Friday but it got down below 32. When the temps keep going down like this my plants just sit there. I thought it was going to freeze tonite but now I kind of doubt it. I hate to plant everything and then not be able to cover it all. Or not know to cover it. This is a very strange spring.
Very Strange Spring indeed Lisa!!!
Oh my goodness Drthor, you love cats too? Well that makes you just about perfect in my opinion. I love cats so much, I have a siamese female and she is the sweetest.
frost here this morning but I got all covered I wish I could say this is the last frost for us but it's not going to be the last last spring we had a frost of May 5 just before one of the hottest summer in decades
Weird spring indeed,one day record high of 90* next day record low 19*.I have tomatoes peppers squash started from seed already blooming in the greenhouse,waiting to put in the ground,strawberry's in ground has had leaves burnt 3 times,and they look like there coming back this time,potatoes refuse to come up,but on a good note onions are thriving!!!
Radishes and lettuce have refused coming up also,and these are cool season crops!L planted a new lawn 4 weeks ago and just now starting to see a little green.There still calling for hard freeze next Tuesday,Wednesday,now some are saying Thursday possible too,Tulips and daffys standing back up from last freeze but the edges of the flowers are burnt and probably will not open now.Pumpkins in the greenhouse also staring to vine now,and really need to get in the ground as well.
I just mapped your city and understand why you are so behind now.
It is amazing that we have so many growing zones in TX.
My Daffodils are almost all gone and now irises and soon daylily will start to bloom.
Yep your a good month ahead of me and maybe a good 2 zones warmer than me and and about 5 hour drive away maybe closer to 6 hours probably,my irises and daylillies are up and growing but a long ways from blooming,but then again these are all new flower beds and plants,so I expect things might be earlier next year.Heading out to plant my red velvet and lemon queen sunflowers and large dahlia seeds
I just checked the long range forecast and next week there is supposed to be ANOTHER cold front same days same temps. This is unbelievable. I don't see any temps much above 80 for the rest of the month. I'm not complaining about the cooler temps but having a cold front every week for weeks seems weird.
Just got back in from covering again!!!!
Cold and drizzle at the moment,saying tomorrow night down to 22*,tonite only 30* Spring bulbs are all coming into bloom some already open others just about to open,one week its el nino,next week its La nina,I think mother nature has dementia!!!!
Tropicman- your last statement made me lol. Mother Nature has dementia or many personalities. The local news predicts 34* for Friday AM at the airport. So it could actually freeze here again. I guess I could sow seeds maybe I'll get more tomato plants planted this weekend but I don't want to put them out when it's going to be that cold, but they need to go in the ground.
Lisas,I have pumpkin plants 2 feet long,still growing in a milk jug ready to plant out,and also yellow squash already 4 inches long and growing in milk jug as well,just wish mother nature would work with me here!!!LOL
There aren't usually this amount of temp. variation in Tx especially this late in the season and this often. This is happening every week. I could plant out but I don't see any reason to have to cover more stuff up and the cooler temps make things grow so slow and germinate so slow. This year is very unusual.
I covered the stuff in the garden and 100 starts I have on the back porch. They are being hardened off, there are still some tomato starts in the GH, most of them are dwarfs and they will go out on Sat. Since it's supposed to be even colder tomorrow nite. Then there are the peppers and eggplant.
another freeze tonite and tomorrow.don't know if my new planted trees can take it or not,3 times they have leafed and and got fried,we have broke high and low records here in the past week,not since the 20's these records have not been broken,looks like tonite it will happen again,it is 89* now and falling to 30* tonite and 26* tomorrow night.
I spray my fruit trees with water in the evening before a sudden freeze, it seems to help insulate fruit that is forming (apricots and peaches) With high wind, wrapping hem is really hard but I have done that too, with a sheet and some bunji cords. (sp)
Back in the day worked in the orchard business,we burnt barrels of oil and rubber tires in the rows to keep the flowers from being burnt by frost,but no more than the number I have 12 fruit trees,flowers were already nipped but the leaves where appearing now,I chose not to cover and we had a little freezing rain this morning with temps down to 28*,sub-stain wind of 44mph for more than 3 hours,very brutal spring flowers looked like somebody poured ice water on them.
We getting cold fronts every week. I thought this one was supposed to hit tomorrow. The news said it was 81 so I went to get my son from school and the thermometer said 61, boy was I surprised. I did plant some tomato plants but Im not direct sowing anymore seeds, they take too long to germinate.
I'm tired of the cold but it does mean one less day of heat. It stayed hot wayyyyy into fall last year so I guess it's staying cooler longer too.
Well I've waited long enough and will plant this weekend,my plants are out growing there containers,I'm betting that the transplant shock will be great,considering the size they are now,and may not even recover.
It's currently 39º at my house and my tomatoes sat outside uncovered last night. My husband did cover the grapes and brought in the plant I got at the RU on Sunday as well as a couple other sensitive plants. I'm really getting tired of this!
I stuffed my RU plants in the greenhouse last nigh, will pull them out in a few minutes, it gets too warm in there.
I'm tired of it, but awfully glad I didn't put more plants in the ground a month ago,when I usually would.
I guess this cold again hot again could go into mid May- especially if our times keep getting twisted toward later months. Has anyone tracked the day lengths yet? The cold doesnt feel as bitter now as it did at these temps last fall/winter.
Day lengths matter in plant growth, they will accelerate growth sometimes, slow other times. Stopped at the house yesterday and noticed that cold or no cold the plants are lovin the weather-wish i could have stayed longer. didnt edit that shot- sorry
I'm usually completely done planting out by now and my established plants are further a long, so the day length isn't the issue. They days are same length they always are at this time of year, the only difference is the temp.
cold front coming. We might get 1/4 inch of rain out of it. I'm moving as many greenhouse veggies as possible out onto the surface of a pond. Did a flat of roma tomatoes today. I am tired of fighting drought.
That one they may have seen more than what may show up (they really look far out and while it is lala land quite often they are right)...it isn't in my forecast either (re cold front) so earlier I asked a met about that. His reply:
"upper low in the Missouri region of the US moving slowly southeast and then a brief shot of cooler air moving down mostly in the 5th-8th period."
It was 89 degrees F here Wednesday afternoon (which felt hot.) In the wee hours of Friday morning, this part of Texas is under a freeze alert! I covered up what is practical to cover, the trees will have to just tough it out though (grow new leaves) (again!) : ( Hope the hummers found a place out of the cold wind. (Where do they go to stay warm when these cold fronts come though, anyway?)
We didn't get rain here either, just a sprinkle. Our weeds are dying of thirst.
Last night my wife asked me where the hummers go to get out of the cold wind and I told her they went into torpor and she wanted to know what county that was in .Was 37° here with a cold rain falling the soil temps which had been warming has now plummeted today it is just 50° with a cold nasty wind blowing
Yep, ridiculous describes it. But it has warmed up real nice like you say.
LOL Grits! I hope you explained it to her. The question is, where do they shelter while in the torpor state, in trees with big branches maybe??? The male came to the feeder on the back porch a few minutes ago so I know they are okay. Glad it wasn't me spending the night in that "cold nasty wind"! Isn't it funny how they can make a loud hum went they want to, or be silent. I have had a hummer come right up behind me when I was at the bee hive changing their feeder, and I didn't even know he was there till he started fussing/squeaking. Bold little things!
tonight they fed untill after it was pretty dark We have a feeder hanging on the back porch and there is a light that stays on all of the time ..It was so cold all day I guess they just wanted to stock up