How cold was it?

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This morning it got so cold my wireless min-max thermometer couldn’t record the temperature. It bottoms out at -22 degrees F, but all I know is it got colder than that.

I am adding the following to my collection of garden quotes:
“When you’re hanging on by a thread, identify that thread and do all you can to strengthen it. Gardening is my thread, consistently providing therapy through years of ups and downs. If this blink in time seems a bit crazier, well, perhaps it is. Gardening serves as a gentle reminder that the wheel turns and seasons come and go, each filled with its own impossibly tender beauty.” That’s from an eclectic garden. Nice, huh? This is probably a good time of year to review my whole collection of garden quotes, just for the pleasure of it.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Kathy February 8, 2005, 11:12 am

Hi, Laurie–
Some lucky ones do get consistent snow cover. For someone who’s in your boat, in the mountains with intermittent snow cover, see http://www.rareplantnursery.net/ . Judy Miller, owner of the nursery, is also an occasional contributor to this weblog.

Glad to meet you!
Kathy

Laurie Gano February 7, 2005, 12:29 pm

Greetings from Sweet Grass county, Montana. I just saw your write-up in Horticulture magazine. It is currently only 4 below zero, with 2″ of very light snow. It does go down to -35 occasionally, so I guess that makes us zone 3. I grow a lot of zone 4 and even zone 5 plants, with some losses every year. I think our lack of consistent snow cover is our biggest problem. I used to cover everything with evergreeen boughs, but for several years I have decided to omit that tedious job and see what survives.I live far out in the country and it is interesting how different my conditions are than my friends in the nearby small town. Anyway, it’s nice to know other gardening fanatics are in my same boat!

Kathy February 1, 2005, 6:43 pm

Thank you, Dan. My entire familiarity with the climate of northern Idaho is due to reading Judy Miller’s posts on this blog. She gets pretty topsy-turvy weather. Perhaps you’ve read some of her writing here.

Dan Eskelson January 26, 2005, 6:17 pm

It sounds like your climate is very similar to ours here in north Idaho. We bottomed out at minus 22 deg., but now the “Pineapple Express” has brought warmer weather from the south…a balmy 38 degrees ! Thoughts of spring will be discouraged, though, by several months of cabin fever type conditions.

I’ve enjoyed your blog. Keep up the good work!

Sally January 21, 2005, 8:46 pm

Wow. Thanks, Kathy. I have a feeling that I am in some very good company. And yes,with the temperature at less than -22 I’d say this is a perfect time to review garden quotes. A little mental trip to spring and summer!

Sally

bill January 21, 2005, 6:46 pm

sounds like a good thing to keep in mind