Dreading Another Winter Blast

It’s been a harried week after a successful Greenville Master Gardner Symposium on Saturday, an event which requires 10 months planning and then a week of all-hands-on-deck.  And today, just when I was getting my feet under me again, I take a look at the forecast and see we have another round of artic weather arriving tonight, which is really depressing since the poor camellias (which have struggled to open all winter) will be blasted again.

The forecast calls for five nights below freezing, with three hovering around the 20 degree mark (-6 C) and a possible ice storm on Tuesday.

Good grief, will spring never come?

Bird supply store

Bird supply store

Thankfully, I have this sweet “bird supply store” from one of the symposium vendors, Holland Home Pottery, to remind me of warmer days ahead.  When hung in the garden, the store makes a pretty accent and provides handy materials for nest building.  Think how fun it will be discover some of these colored threads tucked in among a nest’s twigs and grasses.

The crimson Camellia japonica bloom, plucked from a neighboring garden as it was just opening, is very popular in South Carolina.  If I’m not mistaken, it is ‘Professor Sargent’, a 1925 cultivar developed at Magnolia Gardens in Charleston.





23 thoughts on “Dreading Another Winter Blast

  1. Gloria Ballard

    Here in Nashville, I’m looking out the window at snow flurries — and that wasn’t even in the forecast for today! Crazy weather. Holding warm thoughts for the camellias in your garden.

  2. mamadeyoung2012

    Here in the mid-Atlantic we enjoyed snow showers upon our return from the grocer…this was forcasted last week and then all Dr. Weatherforcasters threw that forcast out the window and stopped forecasting snow showers..they should have kept with the original forecast. Regardless, the sun is out and warming the land…at least until it goes down for the evening. Then we are forecasted to experience the coldest weekend-tonight 5f for the season. No barbecuing this weekend! Good luck with your Camillias, hope they are wrapped and, well, there’s always next year…

  3. mattb325

    I don’t envy the possibility of an ice-storm…the cold I can deal with, but the ice is just so destructive. I hope they get the forecast wrong and it stays mild for you

      1. johnvic8

        We have an iconic hardware store…Renfrow’s…right here in Matthews that we usually go to. Let me know when you are coming to Charlotte again. Perhaps we can find a sandwich or something to tempt you to stop by.

  4. fernwoodnursery

    Oh the winter we’re all having. Another 12 inches forecasted for Sunday here in Northern Maine, on top of the existing 3 feet on the ground already. I hope the ice storm passes you by, so hard on the woodies in the gardens. Stay warm !

  5. Marian St.Clair Post author

    Denise–I spoke with a friend in Marlbourough, MA, today and she is expecting the same. I don’t know how you do it with all the sweet lambs and other things to take care of on the farm. Stay warm!

  6. Julie

    Marian, sorry to read of your impending weather, that sounds grim. The Greenville Master Gardner Symposium sounds very interesting, whats involved?

  7. Marian St.Clair Post author

    Julie–The symposium offers 3 featured speakers and 2 concurrent sessions (with 3 speakers each) for a day of gardening education, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., lunch included, loads of door prizes, and fabulous vendors. We sell 350 tickets, so we have gardeners from across the region and it’s always one of my most enjoyable days of the year.

  8. rusty duck

    We’ve had a couple of days of brilliantly sunny weather and even quite warm. Now we’re back to cold, I’d really got quite used to the idea of spring too!
    I love the bird supply store. What a great idea!


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