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Winter appears to be making its belated arrival tonight in Mountain Home, AR. The forecast is for a low tonight of 18F, (-17.8C), a high Saturday of 30F, a low Saturday night of 13F, (-10.5C) and then two days with highs in the mid to low 30s. We have needed a good freeze to kill many harmful invasive insects, etc. but the unusually warm January and February to date has our daffodils just starting to flower, with many in bud. To make matters worse, north winds up to 25 mph are forecast. Oh, what to do?

Well, I have just finished two hours of work covering the flowers with leaf mulch and then tarps, held down by a variety of means from nails into landscape timbers to rocks and logs. Spring is usually the one season where we have an abundance of flowers and I hate to see it lost. Will hope for the best and now go back out to get some wood for the wood stove. This will be the first time it has been used since late November, as it is usually reserved for temperatures below the mid 20sF. Nothing notable compared to what has been the case in Europe recently, but none-the-less significant for us.

 

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Feb 10th, 2012 at 05:59:41 PM EST
Our apricot buds are starting to swell....way too early as we  will undoubtedly get a cold snap.  
by ElaineinNM on Fri Feb 10th, 2012 at 08:57:09 PM EST
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At this time of year we usually have a few feet of snow on the ground (3-4). This morning I could see the grass.

No one has seen a winter like this around here before that I have talked to.  Currently we are getting a couple of inches of snow. -13 tonight getting above freezing by the end of the week.

I'm somewhat worried that we may get a real cold snap with no snow to protect plants.

We just planted a couple of Paw Paw's in the fall that we grew from seed. The very warm winter may end up causing problems.

aspiring to genteel poverty

by edwin (eeeeeeee222222rrrrreeeeeaaaaadddddd@@@@yyyyaaaaaaa) on Fri Feb 10th, 2012 at 09:47:17 PM EST
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A plastic tent might help. I saved the blooms on an azelia bush from an April frost a couple of years ago with one made from found sticks and painters plastic drop cloth. But that is only likely to help if the freeze is by only a few degree. With my flowers I only have the consolation that I have done what I could.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2012 at 01:43:55 AM EST
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Ah, you're almost in Missouri, eh? I have a mom and two sisters in Little Rock, so they may not get as cold as you will.  I hope your efforts to save your blooms will be rewarded in a month or two.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2012 at 01:29:39 AM EST
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18 miles south of the border, but it is a couple hundred feet higher up there as well.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2012 at 01:44:43 AM EST
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