Cold Weather in Wisconsin!!

Cold Weather in Wisconsin!!

Joined: June 21st, 2006, 1:24 pm

May 19th, 2017, 5:09 am #1

After record highs in the 80's earlier this week and a stormy night last night, a strong cold front came through and suddenly it's like living in a different world. The positive aspect of the cold front is that it brought hummingbirds---we had our busiest day of the hummingbird season today with repeated visits of males and females and our first humm chase---that was so exciting and gratifying, especially given that we have little blooming for them right now.

Now in the wee hours it is cold and windy and I just saw a brief snow shower and we are expected to have temperatures that feel like the mid-30's by early morning. We have all of our tender plants outside and I can only hope that they will be ok.

You just never know in the Upper Midwest!

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Joined: July 18th, 2009, 3:58 am

May 19th, 2017, 1:38 pm #2

It's cold here as well this morning, mid 40s, rainy, and windy.

It's good to hear you have nice hummer action up there. I have seen at least one hummer every day since the 12th, but only one or two brief sightings per day, with none first thing in the morning or anytime in the evening. I haven't seen a male since the 14th. I'm also having another dead oriole season, and haven't seen any other migrants, so it's pretty quiet. At least all my plants are in the ground.
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Dan
East-central Iowa
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May 19th, 2017, 1:57 pm #3

After record highs in the 80's earlier this week and a stormy night last night, a strong cold front came through and suddenly it's like living in a different world. The positive aspect of the cold front is that it brought hummingbirds---we had our busiest day of the hummingbird season today with repeated visits of males and females and our first humm chase---that was so exciting and gratifying, especially given that we have little blooming for them right now.

Now in the wee hours it is cold and windy and I just saw a brief snow shower and we are expected to have temperatures that feel like the mid-30's by early morning. We have all of our tender plants outside and I can only hope that they will be ok.

You just never know in the Upper Midwest!

Wow hate to hear the news about the cold temps in the upper midwest . It is supposed to get in the 60s here next week dont think it will get colder than that, but weather is always subject to change.
Steve W.
Martinsville IN.
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Joined: May 13th, 2014, 7:35 pm

May 19th, 2017, 2:15 pm #4

After record highs in the 80's earlier this week and a stormy night last night, a strong cold front came through and suddenly it's like living in a different world. The positive aspect of the cold front is that it brought hummingbirds---we had our busiest day of the hummingbird season today with repeated visits of males and females and our first humm chase---that was so exciting and gratifying, especially given that we have little blooming for them right now.

Now in the wee hours it is cold and windy and I just saw a brief snow shower and we are expected to have temperatures that feel like the mid-30's by early morning. We have all of our tender plants outside and I can only hope that they will be ok.

You just never know in the Upper Midwest!

UHG..U have it worst then us. I was out cutting grass at 6pm and the temp dropped 18 degrees.Ran in for a sweater.
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Joined: June 21st, 2006, 1:24 pm

May 20th, 2017, 5:35 am #5

After record highs in the 80's earlier this week and a stormy night last night, a strong cold front came through and suddenly it's like living in a different world. The positive aspect of the cold front is that it brought hummingbirds---we had our busiest day of the hummingbird season today with repeated visits of males and females and our first humm chase---that was so exciting and gratifying, especially given that we have little blooming for them right now.

Now in the wee hours it is cold and windy and I just saw a brief snow shower and we are expected to have temperatures that feel like the mid-30's by early morning. We have all of our tender plants outside and I can only hope that they will be ok.

You just never know in the Upper Midwest!

It is going to be very cold for the next week. We currently have the heat on in the house and I brought in any tropicals and other tender plants that were not yet planted. Salvias already in the ground are on their own.

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Joined: June 28th, 2014, 12:17 pm

May 20th, 2017, 2:10 pm #6

After record highs in the 80's earlier this week and a stormy night last night, a strong cold front came through and suddenly it's like living in a different world. The positive aspect of the cold front is that it brought hummingbirds---we had our busiest day of the hummingbird season today with repeated visits of males and females and our first humm chase---that was so exciting and gratifying, especially given that we have little blooming for them right now.

Now in the wee hours it is cold and windy and I just saw a brief snow shower and we are expected to have temperatures that feel like the mid-30's by early morning. We have all of our tender plants outside and I can only hope that they will be ok.

You just never know in the Upper Midwest!

Wishing you the best Kathi, how do the plants you brought back in look?

We've had record highs all this past week here, 97 in Tampa on Wednesday. The good news for us is that we've had rain the past two days and I think our drought is over, rainy season started 2-3 weeks early.
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St. Pete, FL
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Joined: July 18th, 2009, 3:58 am

May 20th, 2017, 2:49 pm #7

After record highs in the 80's earlier this week and a stormy night last night, a strong cold front came through and suddenly it's like living in a different world. The positive aspect of the cold front is that it brought hummingbirds---we had our busiest day of the hummingbird season today with repeated visits of males and females and our first humm chase---that was so exciting and gratifying, especially given that we have little blooming for them right now.

Now in the wee hours it is cold and windy and I just saw a brief snow shower and we are expected to have temperatures that feel like the mid-30's by early morning. We have all of our tender plants outside and I can only hope that they will be ok.

You just never know in the Upper Midwest!

It's pretty brutal yet again this morning... mid 40s, rain, wind. This is as bad as it gets in mid May. The heat is back on after running the AC a couple days ago.
Dan
East-central Iowa
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Joined: March 1st, 2006, 9:38 pm

May 20th, 2017, 3:42 pm #8

After record highs in the 80's earlier this week and a stormy night last night, a strong cold front came through and suddenly it's like living in a different world. The positive aspect of the cold front is that it brought hummingbirds---we had our busiest day of the hummingbird season today with repeated visits of males and females and our first humm chase---that was so exciting and gratifying, especially given that we have little blooming for them right now.

Now in the wee hours it is cold and windy and I just saw a brief snow shower and we are expected to have temperatures that feel like the mid-30's by early morning. We have all of our tender plants outside and I can only hope that they will be ok.

You just never know in the Upper Midwest!

We've had 4 inches of rain this week, with another inch coming today. Temperatures will be stuck in the upper 40's and low 50's another couple of days. My beds of cardinal flower and jewelweed love the extra moisture, the Silene regia not so much.

One of the advantages of working with perennials is that whatever planting one has to do can be done early, well before last frost. Depending on the species, they can even be planted in the fall before the ground freezes. I've got plants in the ground and growing, and I don't have to worry about hardening off plants and shuttling plants in and out of the shade when it gets too hot or in and out of the garage when a frost threatens. I don't have to worry about watering many flats of tender plants every day while I wait for the last frost date and a good day to plant them all out in a rush. This year I've even had time to do some birding and trout fishing on the evenings and weekends, which I never had time to do in years past when I was tending annuals waiting to get into the ground.

I know that perennial gardens aren't for everyone, and it certainly greatly limits your choices of plants, especially in the Upper Midwest, but if you find yourself stressed out this time of year worried about your annuals that you can't get into the ground yet, you might want to consider turning over some more of your garden to hardy perennials.

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May 22nd, 2017, 4:58 am #9

After record highs in the 80's earlier this week and a stormy night last night, a strong cold front came through and suddenly it's like living in a different world. The positive aspect of the cold front is that it brought hummingbirds---we had our busiest day of the hummingbird season today with repeated visits of males and females and our first humm chase---that was so exciting and gratifying, especially given that we have little blooming for them right now.

Now in the wee hours it is cold and windy and I just saw a brief snow shower and we are expected to have temperatures that feel like the mid-30's by early morning. We have all of our tender plants outside and I can only hope that they will be ok.

You just never know in the Upper Midwest!

It continues to be very cold, windy, and wet here with temperatures in the 50's during the day and the low 40's at night. Our heat in the house is still on. We were at a local nursery shopping today (some nice finds!) and it was like plant shopping in winter---burr! We have had so much rain and this is when I'm very glad that we have no agastache or penstemon in the ground---they would be dead!!

I heard that it was only 37 degrees in Northern Wisconsin this morning, but hummingbirds came to the feeder bright and early, chattering away---tough little birds!!

Because of the cold and rain, we were not able to accomplish much outside this weekend. It was extremely frustrating to say the least!

We have three more days of cold and some rain before conditions slowly begin to improve. Yay!!

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May 22nd, 2017, 7:31 pm #10

After record highs in the 80's earlier this week and a stormy night last night, a strong cold front came through and suddenly it's like living in a different world. The positive aspect of the cold front is that it brought hummingbirds---we had our busiest day of the hummingbird season today with repeated visits of males and females and our first humm chase---that was so exciting and gratifying, especially given that we have little blooming for them right now.

Now in the wee hours it is cold and windy and I just saw a brief snow shower and we are expected to have temperatures that feel like the mid-30's by early morning. We have all of our tender plants outside and I can only hope that they will be ok.

You just never know in the Upper Midwest!


Feeling your pain Michael and Kathi. It has been cold, rainy, and snowy here as well. We are suppose to hit 80 degrees one day this week then more rain and temps in the 60's. I don't mind the cooler temps too much as I know the high 90's are right around the corner...ugh...lol. However, I was fond of the 30 degree day and snow I was out in for most a day last week. I was prepared for the cold but it still wasn't fun.
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