Sunday, December 21, 2008

December 21, 2008

Happy Winter Solstice!

Yay, from here on out the days are getting longer and the sun is getting stronger!  I still can't believe that the City of Seattle postponed their celebration of it until the weather gets better.  Silly, silly city.  You don't postpone the 4th of July until the 11th because it's raining...

Anyway, if we thought we had snow before, it's been snowing pretty much non-stop for a day and a half.  We have over a foot, which must be a new record for us.  I know the cold temperatures are.  We haven't seen temps below 20 degrees in over 50 years. 

The kids had a blast today.  We were only out for about an hour and a half, it was just too cold for them.  And my little guy could barely walk the snow was so deep.  Unfortunately my perfect neighbor gave me a bad time about his spending five hours shoveling his driveway and walk (he's got all of 50 or 75 feet of sidewalk compared to my 250).  So the last half hour was spent racing through with a regular flat shovel (I don't believe in unitaskers).  I got two shovel widths on the sidewalk, so that should be good enough.  I was going to do my 80 year old neighbor's sidewalk but my arms were jello by then and the kids wanted to get inside.  Nothing like fresh chocolate chip cookies and hot cocoa to warm the noes and toes.

I did get to take some pictures.  First, scroll down to see the pic from my office window looking at my blueberries.  See the concrete retaining wall?  Well, now you can't...

And so much for my garlic plants poking through the snow, they're covered now.  Oops, hope that isn't bad.

Anyway, here are the new blueberry bushes, they're not looking so healthy.  I hope they enjoy this feezing snowy period like some perenials...

Well, I think I'll take a page from my good buddy EG's book when I stop the pictures there so I can space them out longer.  That and it'll give you some reason to come back.  Tomorrow I'll show you what the storm did to my raised beds and hoop covers.

Stay warm and dream about your garden!


  1. OH my goodness!! Dang, that's alot of snow! Hope your garden is ok with the snow and the cold temps.

    Oh I know what you mean about the "perfect" neighbor LOL We have one of those. Their front yard is about 1/4 of what we have. And around here, it's the leaves that are such a task to get up. It takes them about 2 or 3 hours to do their front yard. It takes us at least 2 full days. But they are great neighbors otherwise, so I let them slide, ya know? LOL

  2. Down here in Canby, OR, halfway between Portland and Salem, the snow is ridiculous. Way more than I've ever seen in 25 years here. And yesterday we got a lovely blast of freezing rain on top of that. I have some 10-foot tall bamboo plants on the side of my house that the ice brought to the ground and the snow buried. I can't even see them anymore. I doubt I'll be able to get out to work anytime soon, hopefully the ice-laden trees don't fall across the power and phone lines so I can at least keep working from home. I've been planning to go see a play in NW Portland, but I don't know if the roads will be passable by then.
    As far as the vegetable garden goes, I harvested all the Kohlrabi and covered the rutabagas. The temperatures never got nearly as cold as forecasted, and under all that snow it's not terribly cold, so I expect things will be OK there. It's just all the hedge and shrub plants that are being squashed under this snow and ice.

  3. Wow! That is alot of snow. This weather has been unbelievable...last night was 13 at my house. Just crazy!
    Anyway, I like that you're gonna space the pictures out a little bit. I check on your blog everyday, and will really enjoy some more posts from you. Stay warm, and make them boys some snowcream...they'll love it!