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LTilton
Glen Ellyn, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 14, 2009
11:54 PM

Post #6549540

Accuweather says we'll go down to 36. I don't have anything really really tender out yet. Except that the beans are coming up.

The fruit should be OK. I think.

But a couple of degrees lower ...
midwest_tyro
Mount Prospect, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 15, 2009
1:41 AM

Post #6550016

Ack!! I haven't been looking at the predicted lows, I just noticed that the highs weren't going to be all that high this weekend! Thanks for the heads up, I'd better put my annual containers in the garage for a couple of nights.

Do you have something to cover your young beans with if it turns into a frost?
LTilton
Glen Ellyn, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 15, 2009
1:48 AM

Post #6550057

I can use a roll of mulch fabric. The peppers and tomatoes are pretty well hardened by now, and I can cover the cukes and zukes.
jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 15, 2009
2:31 AM

Post #6550334

36??? I heard 41. Ugh. Last weekend I put bedsheets over my window boxes . . . I can do that again. Hope all the annuals I put in the ground this afternoon will be ok . . .
jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 15, 2009
2:32 AM

Post #6550340

Just checked the Trib . . . Skilling says 42 Sat night . . . let's keep our fingers crossed for that!
LTilton
Glen Ellyn, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 15, 2009
2:50 AM

Post #6550431

"near the lake"

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 15, 2009
3:06 AM

Post #6550503

I just checked Itasca weather... it has us at 46 for tonight... the lowest being 41 on Saturday.

I planted out a lot of seedlings yesterday and Tuesday... but nto much i can do about it... I'm up in Wisc... where it wont be that cold. ... looks like Saturday will be about 38... but i have not annuals out yet.

ves522

ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

May 15, 2009
1:34 PM

Post #6551632

So glad I popped over here for a looksee! We are to have 31 on saturday night! No annual planting for me yet or tomato.
jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 15, 2009
4:45 PM

Post #6552408

Here's a question . . . if I put bedsheets over my window boxes tonight and the sheets get rained on, will that be worse than leaving them uncovered? (Taking the window boxes down isn't really an option; they are semi-permanently mounted to the window railings. I mean, I could try to nag DH into doing it, but I can't do it myself.)
LTilton
Glen Ellyn, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 15, 2009
6:48 PM

Post #6552902

Forecast revised a couple of degrees upwards. Lows now predicted to be 38 and 40.

meezersfive

meezersfive
waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 15, 2009
7:08 PM

Post #6552962

Watering them beforehand will help a little but as long as the fabric isn't touching the plants they should be fine. Isn't that what we save all those extra chopsticks for???

crazy4brugs

crazy4brugs
Kansasville, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 15, 2009
7:34 PM

Post #6553060

Low of 37 for here Sat night. It's always 5 degrees cooler here than in Illinois.

jcoakley how big are your plants in the window boxes? Could you cover each plant with
something?

I have small gallon buckets that I use to cover plants. But right now I only have 1 annual planted.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 15, 2009
7:37 PM

Post #6553073

Im with M5 on those chop stix. and i find the 'weather liars' are usually off by a few degrees anyways.
I haven't rechecked the forecast yet though.
jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 15, 2009
7:49 PM

Post #6553135

It's been raining steadily for the last 3 hours so I don't think they'll need watering beforehand. I don't have chopsticks but I do have bbq skewers . . . guess I'll be hauling the stepladder out into the front yard tomorrow night. I TOLD DH it was too early to hang those things . . . altho I have only myself to blame for putting annuals in the ground already.

This message was edited May 15, 2009 2:53 PM

meezersfive

meezersfive
waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 15, 2009
10:33 PM

Post #6553670

Ahhh but we all push those limits every spring, don't we?
keelybird57
Aurora, IL

May 16, 2009
11:33 AM

Post #6555464

I'm new to the Chicago area -- and far west in Aurora. I heard "patchy" frost. Not too worried. But I'm also new to lilies and I have a bunch! All at least 10". It would be tough to cover them. Should I be concerned?
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2009
12:55 PM

Post #6555645

well the forcast here is 39 tonite and 38 tomarrow nite,I saw lite frost in low areas the other morning,it has been sooo crummy here,gauged almost 4in. of rain in 3 days,enough allready lol.I worked in between the rains fri.Had to,Ive got flats I started,need to be planted !!! high of 50 tomarrow uggg !!! when it is dececent, Iam at work ,when its crummy Iam off work ,go figure LOL,Ill be weeding and cleaning today,iam probly going to sow some seeds too,great gardening to all.ps. always work in progress.

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mattsmom
Tomah, WI

May 16, 2009
1:10 PM

Post #6555679

I've heard different reports for our local weather, the lowest is for tonite at 26 degrees. My plants will not be happy
& neither will their Mommy!
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2009
1:14 PM

Post #6555690

mattsmom, have you had a cold spring up north ???
mattsmom
Tomah, WI

May 16, 2009
1:22 PM

Post #6555721

It has actually been quite a nice spring. Lows at night average 48 degrees. All of my annuals are hardened off on the deck. Guess I should either move them into the garage (Huge Job) or cover them for tonite. At least they are not potted & placed all over the yard. I am concerned for some of my new daylilies that are newly planted, as they came from the south. I know they shouldn't die, but they are so beautiful now I'd hate to have alot of frost damage to the fans.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2009
1:36 PM

Post #6555766

Iam glad your spring has been decent,all my flats are hardend off,ive got lots of annuals,just waiting ,not only frost worry,soggy soil,the weather forcast does look a lot better starting monday,luckily I can cover the flats easily,but Iam getting tired of moving some pots I got going !!! we might get some sun later today with wind !!! but that will help dry it up again ,Ive got to stay positive LOL !!!!
mattsmom
Tomah, WI

May 16, 2009
1:49 PM

Post #6555811

Last year we had a horrible spring. Way too much rain, lots of flooding & frosts the week before Memorial Day. This spring has been wonderful compared to last year. Good luck with all your annuals.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2009
1:54 PM

Post #6555829

Thanks,same to you.Tamara
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2009
10:35 AM

Post #6559047

Well,made it no frost here last nite,amen.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 17, 2009
11:10 AM

Post #6559083

we are currently sitting at 35. no frost here either. [Lake Delton, WI] and thankfully those winds died down.
I'm sure all of my plants are fine at home, since it's usually 5 degrees warmer there... usually.

Hope everyone's plants made it thru the night unscathed.
LTilton
Glen Ellyn, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 17, 2009
1:34 PM

Post #6559521

No frost here, no frosted plants.

meezersfive

meezersfive
waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 17, 2009
1:46 PM

Post #6559566

None here either, and it was plenty cold. And windy. Today looks real good!! Might I say, IT'S ABOUT TIME!
DianeEG
Galva, IL

May 17, 2009
2:31 PM

Post #6559757

Was 36 here at 4:30 am and has slowly been getting warmer (almost 60 now). I had all my annuals in and too many places to cover. Doesn't look like anything got nipped. BUT, the water is another story. We had about 4 1/2 inches Friday - most had more. Everyone around here (between Mississippi QC area and Illinois River Peoria area) is pumping basements. It was certainly the year to do transplanting but oh my I'm ready for the rain to slow down. Farmers are said to only have 5% of their corn in compared to usually 65% and it looks like most that was planted last week got washed out. Can't imagine the stress they are under this Spring. Today is sunny - let's have a good one.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 18, 2009
12:15 AM

Post #6562169

DianeEG,I thought we got a lot of rain,4inches in 3 days,its going to be cold tonite 36 ,everthing is covered again,but its going to be 70 tomarrow,yippie skippie,lows next week 48 - 52,Iam going to plant, looks like spring is finally here. may you have spring too !!
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 18, 2009
12:34 PM

Post #6564088

patchy frost this morning,arrggg,I hope this is it ,I have got to plant,my gardens will be nothing to look at until september !!!!

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2009
7:23 PM

Post #6565946

I just got home and it looks like everything in the garden is fine...

Some plants were a lil dry... guess this area did not get any or much rain since Wednesday.
jcoakley
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 18, 2009
7:46 PM

Post #6566035

I think (fingers crossed) we are now in the clear weather-wise, at least in the Chicago area! It's a beautiful day today; just came in from planting some more containers while my little ones nap. Everything made it through the last two nights unscathed . . . now to sit back and watch things grow! Happy planting, everyone!

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