Western Gardening

– Posted in: Miscellaneous, Weather

Hi Kathy–
It’s been hanging around zero for a few weeks, rather boring. I re-plowed the lane yesterday in advance of today’s sleet, as it had drifted a bit and I didn’t want it to become impenetrable with ice.
I had to laugh at the Sunset magazine (the main Western gardening/lifestyle magazine since the ‘teens or so)–they have me in the NW section and the cover article was ‘Cozy Winter Patios, 10 great ways to enjoy your backyard now’– pictures of lounges & settees and fireplaces, potted plants, all outside—–hilarious to contemplate when it’s 0 degrees F. I think I’ll have them switch me to the intermountain section, I don’t have much truck with Cheyenne or Billings but the gardening advice for this month was likely not building a trellis in the garden for the berries….. 😉
The elk & turkeys have been visiting-the elk are lots more welcome than the turkeys. One day about 40 of the elk sauntered slowly past, obviously chatting with each other, a big extended family. Even two ‘elkicorns’, young bulls with each a right antler only, and that one the same mis-shape. Twins I assume. They were tussling a bit but nothing serious.
Working on seed orders for spring and getting hopelessly lost in all the catalogs & on-lines—-I’m investigating pansy varieties for cutting now, and more primula varieties, and herbs…. (the agastaches are totally invisible to deer and elk, for instance!)

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USDA Hardiness Zone: 4b/5aLocation: rural; just south of British Columbia/Idaho borderGeographic type: foot of Black & Clifty Mountains (foothills of Rockies–the Wet Columbia Mountains in BC climate- speak)Soil type:acid sand (glacial lake bed)/coniferous forestExperience level: intermediate/professionalParticular interests: fragrant & edible plants, hardy bulbs, cottage gardening, alpines, peonies, penstemons & other blue flowers, primulas, antique & species roses & iris; nocturnal flowers Also: owner of Paradise Gardens Rare Plant Nursery

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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