How cold was it?

– Posted in: Miscellaneous, Weather

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.

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

~Mitchell Burgess in Northern Exposure

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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 . Judy Miller, owner of the nursery, is also an occasional contributor to this weblog.

Glad to meet you!

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!


bill January 21, 2005, 6:46 pm

sounds like a good thing to keep in mind