cold weather miscellany

Adam Fikso
Tue, 08 Dec 2009 13:58:53 PST
You're forgiven.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jane McGary" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 08, 2009 1:29 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] cold weather miscellany

> Like Robin I appreciate all the supportive comments, many of them 
> from people who live in parts of North America where it is routinely 
> colder than the Pacific coast states. This morning a friend and I 
> agreed that looking at the thermometer these days is about like 
> looking at the scale when one has not been dieting enough: Don't tell 
> me, I don't want to know. We're expecting one more day of severe 
> cold, especially in areas away from the river gorges where the wind 
> is dying down; I live in a river gorge (the Clackamas) so get quite a 
> lot of continental wind when there is a big Pacific low, as now. Last 
> night the TV weatherman showed how the California storm is going to 
> move right across the center of North America, bringing awful 
> conditions as far as the Midwest, because the jet stream has dipped 
> so sharply to the south.
> I should not have allowed my keyboard to engage directly from my 
> emotions, without filtering the output through the brain: I'm not 
> depressive! But anyone can be momentarily cast down by a combination 
> of too much work, too much volunteering, east wind, frozen plants, 
> icy roads, and a foreboding family eruption over elder care.
> Frozen plants are not something to agonize over forever. One of our 
> many gardening physicians once told me that if his rare plants die, 
> he can always get another one, unlike the case when patients die. I 
> usually am philosophical about losing plants to the weather, feeling 
> that they weren't "meant to be here," like all the roses I dug up and 
> burned because they got black spot in our climate. I do feel awful, 
> however, if I know I could have done more to prevent losses, and 
> didn't for what may not have been a good reason (like spending a 
> whole day driving around delivering the NARGS seeds for packaging). 
> And when one does make an effort to share, it's very disappointing to 
> have promised some plant (almost impossible to obtain in the USA) to 
> someone and then have to tell them it has died out; for example, I 
> promised Galanthus peshmenii to two US galanthophiles, and I'm not 
> sure it will survive this cold snap, and John Grimshaw was very kind 
> to send me a start of it some years ago. There is a whole set of 
> bulbs and Ranunculaceae that are relatively inaccessible to American 
> gardeners, primarily those that have ephemeral seed, and those of us 
> who do somehow (!) acquire them must make every effort to propagate 
> and distribute them. Then when we lose them, we may be able to get 
> them back; and when we ourselves are gone, the plants will continue 
> to please others.
> Jane McGary
> NORTHwestern Oregon, USA
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