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Tuesday, November 20, 2018


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"Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." We gardeners are a bit fixated on the weather. Here, I'm wondering if the predicted frost will actually hit the ground or just stay higher. Did I remember to get all the tender plants inside?

Loree / danger garden

Your intro set-up could have played out between Andrew and a friend of mine. I guess I'm guilty.


It's remarkable how quickly the memories of good seasons, or "normal" ones, get buried by the anxieties of bad ones. Now even more so as an ageing brain makes memory less reliable, while climate change produces extreme events more often. I'm finding my garden journals helpful in holding onto those increasingly rare peak seasons.

An example I can still call up unaided, though, is 2017's miraculous eight weeks of peonies. The norm here is for steam heat and thunderstorms to ruin the latest-blooming varieties, which formed an unfortunately large percentage of the plantings I inherited. Over the decades, I added mostly early kinds to lengthen the show, which made it a lot easier to handle the usual early-June debacle. But in '17 the spring rains came at just the right times, and the air somehow stayed dry after Memorial Day, producing an extended spectacle that may not happen again for a long time. The knee-weakening voluptuousness of the very late lactiflora doubles had an effect all the more powerful for its rarity, and I finally forgave my father for his planting choices.

This year the peonies were wiped out even earlier than usual by heavy rains, but it didn't bother me at all because I'd reveled so fully in last year's long, lavish show.

Kris P

Maybe 2019 will be an improvement for all of us! I've been complaining about the weather here since we moved in almost 8 years ago. At first, the winter cold seemed intense after 2 decades enjoying the moderate temperatures in a beach city. Then came the summer heat, a good 10 degrees higher on average than our former location. Since then, we've had a deepening drought (with the exception of the winter of 2016-17) and seemingly ever-increasing temperatures. We can only hope Mother Nature will throw us another bone - soon.

Lisa at Greenbow

Oh yes, these gardening days are no longer predictable. We are having below average temps now but at least we have had rain. The weather is crazy. I keep telling myself not to complain, there is nothing we can do to change things. Just roll with the punches.


I think a hazy memory is a wonderful thing for gardeners to possess. It's so much less discouraging to think of all the hail and downpours, drought and flood as rare quirks we deal with than jus the normal ups and downs!
I was about to complain about the sudden drop from autumn to winter and then realized nearly the same thing happened last year. Like Peter says there's not much you can do anyway!

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener

No doubt about it: This WAS a crazy gardening year. And yes, I suppose unpredictable weather will become second nature to us in the future. Gardeners are not nearly as adaptable as the plants they work with.

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