Reminders of last Feb anyone? It's COLD!
OK, it's not nearly as bad as last Feb, so far. But a HIGH of 17 today with -4 predicted tonight where I live is pretty awful this early in the season. To make matters worse, the snow amounts the forecasters have been promising since Friday have not materialized outside of a few places.
I guess we should get used to all this though, as for the next 20 or 30 years the Pacific Ocean is expected to remain in a cool phase, with La Nina winters more the norm. Even though overall these winters are mild for us in the Southwest, they bring bouts of record cold as well. And of course the drier conditions are not exactly welcome right about now.
Anyone out there re-thinking their zone designation? I'm definitely more conservative since last winter, and probably won't gamble with borderline species, unless I can provide an ideal microclimate or some winter protection. I'm thinking about a greenhouse or some high tunnels in order to grow some borderline fruits.