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December is here.


By stan510


Its been chilly compared to last year. Especially our low temperatures. So far,its stopped short of frost.

Interesting? My Plumeria obtusa that had dropped leaves last mild November 2014,is still evergreen. It was a cutting from Hawaii two years ago that I rooted.
I think it was that residual lack of tolerance to cold that carried on last winter. This year? Its not as delicate.

December is our worst and coldest month. Every deep freeze has happened in December. By mid January we pretty much are free and clear from even frost.

So,I now see it as a 6 week winter every year. Ever since getting into the tender tropicals I’ve learned much about my own climate that I never would have even come close to think of before, let alone understand.

Our rains are still just 50% of average. Another low rain year is still very possible El Nino or not. The good news is that its been cold rain and that’s shot up the snowpack in the Sierras.

My climate is trying to dictate me to grow xeric plants…but those rainforest tropicals look so nice..sigh. Oh well.

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That's life... you might finish up having to make do with plastic ones....

3 Dec, 2015


Wet and soggy over here in Shropshire - I have popped my bottle brush tree in its pot in the cold greenhouse - so has not to be caught out by a sudden frost - interesting blog - Jane

3 Dec, 2015



I know, it should be much wetter by this time in a very strong El NiƱo year. We had some cooler weather, also (for a couple of days). Of course, not as cool as in Northern California. The last few days have been in the upper 70's to low 80's. For the next 8 days the forecast is to remain the same in the mid to upper 70's. This is not good for our extreme drought. It is very good news that the Sierra Mountains are receiving snow, though.

3 Dec, 2015


I live in Glasgow Stan......the capital of wet weather in Scotland. I just grow what I can. :0)

3 Dec, 2015


More rain today. Last December was our wettest December on record. I thought for sure the drought was over. That record was set within the first three weeks of December. Then,it stopped. January was warm and the drought went on.
This feels a little different- the storms are colder.

I hear you all. Wet,soggy and short days. No fun there.

OK,i do like the bonus of I haven't watered the in ground plants for weeks. Just containers. Since many like it on the dry side in cool weather, even that chore has been light.

4 Dec, 2015


It's good you are receiving rain. It's been so dry here. I am still waiting for the real rains to come.

5 Dec, 2015


Its been a prelude of every three days,rain or showers. The big heavy rains of El Nino are "scheduled" by NOAA to hit in Jan-Feb.
It was 65f yesterday. A heatwave compared to the cool temps of the last couple of weeks.

5 Dec, 2015


I hope those rains come! It's been warm here, in the upper 70's...maybe low 80's through Wednesday.

6 Dec, 2015

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