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Monday, March 15, 2010

March marchs on!


The weather of late has been less then ideal.
I think payback for the great weather we had the week before!

Even me who never minds the rain is saying enough
Thank you!

The worse is not the rain but the wind. Saturday was the worst.
60-70 mile an hour winds and gusts.

If any of you have ever been in a greenhouse when it's raining ....well that is a
walk in the park
compared to how it sounds when the
wind is blowing hard.
Only 2 thin sheets of plastic between you and the elements.

The sound can be like a freight train.





(Hosta and Algeria Ivy)


Most of the time it's not that unnerving
but a little voice kept saying to me

" you should have replaced the plastic on the greenhouses last year"
Ugghhh!!!
I know, I know!
I'll cross my fingers and hope we won't blow away.


I stood there watching the lights and metal purlins sway back and
forth.....the real bones of structure. The cracking sound of the layers of plastic hitting each other was deafening. At times I thought how
is it that this structure is still standing???
Of course I still stayed in there most of the day.
Boy, was I happy we had no deliveries scheduled.

(Clivia)


Years ago when we first started this business, when we had a
hurricanes we would come down and spend most of the night
just sitting in the greenhouses just in case something happened.

(Osteospermum)



It seems so silly now. What were we going to do? Mother nature was going to do what
she wanted and we had no power over her.
We once did lose a house in a hurricane.
It was in the process of being finished. The sides still hadn't been
secured all the way.

The wind just came in and pulled the piping right out like toothpicks.

If we had just slit the plastic off it would have done less damage.

The good thing is that there were no plants inside unlike what could have happened
last weekend.

We were very lucky and not even lose power.
Many areas around us did and suffered from flooding.

Sempervivum( Hens and Chickens)
in a chicken feeder

Before we know it Spring will be here.
No, this picture is from last year.
It's still pretty gray outside and nothing green
except for the Leprechauns lerking about:))



I can't believe that St Patricks day is Wednesday and our anniversary
the day after!
                                            I guess we'll have to go out for green beer:))
                                                         Not for our anniversary though...
maybe champagne!!!
What do you do for St. Patty's
do you go out and kick up your knickers??
Remember everyone is Irish on St Patricks Day!
Have Fun!!!

24 comments:

junkdreams said...

Absolutley beautiful pictures....don't lose heart..spring is coming!
xojanis

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Beautiful photos!
So happy Spring is near :)

erin said...

HAPPY ST. PATTY's DAY and ANNIVERSARY!! you have much celebrating to do...i hope you don't get blown away!! i love the manipulation on your photos!! have a good one!
erin

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Carole
I've been thinking about you with those storms over there... we have been hearing on the news about the winds and flooding and I was hoping your little part of the world was safe.... sounds like you have survived it....and the greenhouse too thank goodness...

Love your photos today... and your artistic representations look fantastic where else would you put Hens and chickens but in a chicken feeder? hehe and the Cape Daisy is so pretty .. a happy flower to remind you of spring on it's way.

Have a great week Carole.. and good luck with those storms. xxx Julie

Julie@beingRUBY said...

OH.. and Happy Anniversary... [and St Pats] xx

Gigi said...

I love this post, Carole!! Your description of the rain & wind and the photos of the flowers in the greenhouse are all just gorgeous.

Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's Day and a happy spring!! xo Gigi

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

That storm was amazing ~ Fairfield County got slammed, huge trees completely uprooted. But have heart, Its supposed to rebound nicely this week. Hopefully your anniversary will be sunny & lovely ~ Happy Anniversary.

Anne Marie said...

our weather is not as warm as that......but it is warmer....and totally wet.....

beautiful post Carole!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Your photos are gorgeous Carole! Whatever you're doing...it looks really good! The 18th is my Danny boy's birthday! I will toast him that day and you and George as well! Have a great week...supposed to warm up!
lots of love and good wishes,
Laura

oldgreymare said...

Carole,

You are so brave! I would have been cowering under the covers. Oh that's right..I WAS under the covers, trying to drown out our horrible winds. Was the entire country under wind warnings? Nothing like you poor guys had though. SO happy everything survived, esp you!

What do the kitties think of the storms?

Happy Anniversary dear friend.

The photos are so lovely- you've been playing haven't you. :-)

Suzan

Draffin Bears said...

Happy Anniversary and St. Patrick's day, Carole.
I so wished that we could have some of your rain, still have not had any but a few spits, when I went for my walk ~ enough to get my hair wet.
Your photos are wonderful.

Do have a happy day on the 17/18 and I will raise a glass for your anniversary. Many blessings.

Hugs
Carolyn

trash talk said...

Your weather sounds like Texas weather...feast or famine.
With a maiden name of Callahan...you better believe I celebrate the wearing of the green!
Debbie

Boxwood Cottage said...

Hi Carole!
I heard of the heavy storms you had in the north east US in our news here in Germany and about the loosing of power and all so I'm very happy to see that nothing has happened to you and your belongings! I can imagine how frigthening it must be and that horrible sound in the green house! Let's just hope we're through now with all the bad weather and that Spring will start with full force this week!
Warmest wishes sends you
Carol, xoxo

slommler said...

Love the photos!!! I really don't do anything for St. Paddy's day. Maybe, if I remember, I wear something green. LOL!
Hugs
SueAnn

Jacqueline said...

Hi Carole,
First of all, I wish you and George a wonderful day on wednesday....definitely get the champagne out !! We don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day much here, apart from the Irish living in England, of course, so, have a green beer on me !!....or two !!
Your photographs are amazing. I love that pale, grainy quality you've got..... and, I agree with Gigi. Your writing was brilliant. I thought that I was reading a book. It was really descriptive. I felt as if I was there with you in the wind and rain. I really hope that the weather calms down a bit for you. We have been having blue skies and sunshine but, it's still very cold, which is not good for us, as our boiler stopped working on Saturday and, when the plumber came round, he condemmed it !!!! It was so old. we were lucky that it lasted this long !! We now have to have a new boiler, so will have to wait a while for that which means no central heating.
Sorry Carole. I've rambled on. I should have told you all of that in an email !!
Here's to sunnier, warmer days.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY CAROLE & GEORGE !! XXXX

Mermaid Queen said...

Glad you and your posies made it through the winds Carole! Have a wonderful Anniversary. Take care, Martha

Bleudelavande said...

Hi Carol,
your photos are absolutely wonderful!!!!
Happy Anniversary !!!
Big hugs

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Carole, Happy St. Patrick's Day! We don't celebrate that in Germany since there are not so many Irish people living over here.
I'm glad the storms didn't do too much damage at your greenhouse and you didn't loose power.
Have a wonderful anniversary on Thursday!!!
Hugs,
Julia

Renee Finberg said...

i love the pictures that you post.
they are always great.

happy st patricks day !!

xx

June said...

Oh I remember it all now.lol I really didn't like working in there with the wind. I sure do miss all the rest about it though.
Beautiful pictures!
hugs

MARY PERNULA said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY A DAY EARLY. THE PHOTO'S ARE JUST LOVELY, I AM A PLANT NUT! SO I NEVER GET ENOUGH OF THEM. STOP BY FOR A VISIT. XO MARY

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

I thought about you on Monday when I heard on the news that there was a tornado in Conn. Glad you made it through the storm. Great photos as always!
Susie

Rosemary said...

Hope you had a fun St. Patrick's Day!!
Think of me this weekend working in my garden.
I would love to have your know how in the garden.
I really enjoy your blog!! On top of my favorites.
Rosemary

TAPESTRIESOFNATURE said...

GORGEOUS PICTURES, CAROLE. I USED TO WORK IN A GREENHOUSE SO I COULD REALLY RELATE TO THAT EXPERIENCE YOU HAD WITH THE WIND AND RAIN.

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