Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Episode in Which The Head Gardener & I Go To Extremes

This is the closest the HG and I got to anything resembling a garden. Wait, where'd the HG go? She must have ducked behind the conifers!
In an effort to better prepare ourselves for the upcoming Arctic blast, the Head Gardener and I spent this past weekend in the snowy conditions of New York City.  It was our hope that our exposure to "real" winter conditions would enable us to handle the next four days with quiet dignity and grace but I can tell you already ... that's not gonna happen!
I've only spent brief periods outside today, covering plants with whatever's handy. Each time I retreat inside to the warmth, I feel like these ornamental kale: battered and wilted from the storm.
And despite what those folks up North might have us believe, we are not winter weather wimps ... I was a lot more comfortable in the snowy 30 degree environs of Central Park on Sunday than I have been in today's 30 degree windchill on my corner of Katy!

One more thing: the NOAA weather forecast for tomorrow.  Wednesday...Partly cloudy. Colder. Highs in the mid 30s. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Lowest wind chill readings 2 to 12 in the morning. Am I really still in Texas?

7 comments:

meemsnyc said...

I hope you had a fun visit in NY. It's supposed to snow here again in NYC tomorrow. Cold, cold and cold.

Cindy, MCOK said...

Meems, I absolutely positively LOVE New York City. Sorry y'all are getting blasted again ... I hear from Kris in Brooklyn that it's more icy than snowy. That's scary!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

You look great in a winter coat & boots. That's a shot you should frame. Bundle up & try to stay cozy.

Meadowview Thymes said...

I am sitting by the fire afraid to use many light due to rolling power outages, hearing of snow on the way on Friday---gee, can we have spring come soon? (yea to Phil for not seeing his shadow!)

Gail said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time in NYC! Now if winter would get the heck out of your garden and mine~We could commence with spring! gail

Jean said...

My kale (the eating kind) looks worse than that ornamental kale now and the lettuce looks about like it. This weather is just too weird. I hope you brought some winter-loving plants back with you - we may need them in the years to come, ha! I love NYC and am so glad you had a good time.

David & Melanie said...

I teach with a teacher from Wisconsin and he once told me that the cold here feels 'different' than the cold up north....the colde here is more wet and nasty.
And to think...it's going to be 74 in a few more days.
Such is gardening in Texas. Hang in there.
David :-)