Remain Strong

I listened to the weather forecast on the way home. They used the word “crashing” to describe how the temperature will change late Thursday to early Friday. As in “crashing down from the mid 60’s to the low to mid 30’s". That kind of alarmist reporting should really not be allowed. They should simply state the forecast. “Temperatures will change from highs in the 60’s to highs in the 30’s”. See, doesn’t that sound better, more normal? Like it happens all the time.

And we were warned to expect rain on Thursday with thunderstorms, maybe up to two inches of rain, and it will all turn to a winter mix on Friday. Nice.

As we all know, a wintry mix is the worst. I’d rather it be cold enough to just snow. A wintry mix is rain… and maybe some sleet… and maybe some snow… and possibly some accumulating snow… and ice. Bring out the salt trucks, please.

The temperatures will hover right around freezing, which means sometimes the roads will be just wet, and sometimes the roads will be icy and at night the roads could just look wet, but be icy. The one factor we have going for us is that the ground still is quite warm so any snow “should” melt quickly. That's my hope. I still need to get some gas for the snowblower.

And the good news in all this? I have the garden clean up done to the point that if I don’t do anything else until spring, it will be okay. And, I’ve finished putting up my outdoor Christmas lights.

I’ve included a photo below of a large evergreen that I put lights on. I’ll admit it is poor picture at best, that’s why it isn’t at the top of this post. (I need to review the camera instructions for tips on taking night pictures!)

But I’m proud of how I was able to put lights on it, without a ladder. When I first planted this Oriental spruce (Picea orientalis ‘Green Knight’), I could stand on the ground and put one string of lights on it and be done. Then it grew so that I had to use a ladder and 2 strands of lights. Then this year, I had to use a hook on a long pole to put the lights on the top of the tree, and I used 3 strands of lights. I probably could have used more lights but that’s all the instructions said to plug in together, and I like to follow the instructions when it comes to electrical things.

The other thing you can see in this picture is the forsythia (Gold Tide Forsythia, Forsythia x 'Courtasol'). that is going to have to be taken out because it is crowding out the spruce. I wrote about that before in this post. Henry Mitchell, himself, speaking through one of his gardening columns, has convinced me it is the right thing to do… this spring… after we are done with wintry mixes… and once it has one more chance to bloom in all its glory. It will be so bright and yellow and cheerful when it does bloom that I will have to Remain Strong in my resolve to move it, as I know it will try to convince me to let it stay. It will probably bloom better and brighter than it ever has. I know it will. Remain Strong.


  1. Carol, they probably used the word "crashing" to remind you what will go on while driving to work. That was the effect that storm had on our streets this AM. Just warning you, ya know!

    I also need to review the night-time picture taking section in my manual but I'd say you did a pretty good job. Nice tree!

  2. Are you going to relocate the forsythia to another location on your property? They sucker pretty well, so I should think you could at least move a piece of it that would eventually grow into a decent sized shrub. (I have a soft spot for forsythia.)

  3. Your tree is beautiful! I haven't gotten the hang of taking night time photos yet. Yours turned out much better than any of my attempts have :-)

    I can't wait until my evergreens are a little bigger. I have a white pine and a few arborvitae, but they're still all pretty dinky. Beautiful tree, Carol!

  4. for me this will be the hybernating season. I don't often go many places when I'ts icy. Driving on ice doesn't bother me as much as walking on ice. Sometimes I can get Carol to run errands for me.

  5. Carol, I love this post! Your measured response to the weather is so much better than the hysterical stuff on television. You words confirm another Henry quote: Compared to gardeners, I think it is generally agreed that others understand very little about anything of consequence.

    The photo of your lovely spruce looks good to me, too, and keeping that form undamaged is worth being strong next spring! The Forsythia can recover from the move; the evergreen can't recover from overcrowding.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  6. Carol... here in Iowa, the temperature gently descended from 66 degrees on Monday to 14 degrees currently, with delightful freezing rain and snow. Nah... it doesn't make me feel any better.

  7. All, thanks for the comments and compliments on my picture.

    Kathy, Annie... I am going to move the forsythia in the spring. I am, I am, I am,

    IBOY... we shall get your cold temperatures by Saturday!

  8. Carol that is a nice natural xmast tree, we don't have those around here all we get around here are the cut trees from NC


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