Preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best…

37 container roses crammed unceremoniously into our garage to wait out what could be a pretty severe “winter” storm

When I woke up this morning and saw the forecast calling for a severe winter storm (up to 8″ of snow in some areas with heavy winds), I thought I was taking crazy pills. Only a couple of days ago it was in the 80’s! It’s just all so surreal. After I had myself a little pity party, my husband and I mobilized and brought in 37 container roses to our garage, leaving dozens more outside–some with plastic teepees to help shelter their tender new foliage and buds and others to simply fend for themselves. Our garden is in full bloom, with clematis, iris, bleeding heart, peonies, tulips etc as well as all the trees being completely leafed out. The kind of snowfall they’re predicting could be incredibly damaging not only to the garden, but we’re talking major power outages, too. We’re tucked in as best we can, watching the weather reports and hoping for the best. Are you in the northeast region? What are you doing to prepare for this storm?

EDIT: Here’s an update as of 4/24: We’ve had light snow and freezing temps, but consider ourselves lucky so far as surrounding areas (we’re talking only about 15-20 miles from our home) have had about 1 foot, yes 1 FOOT of snow. I can’t help but think that anyone who says that we aren’t in the midst of a climate shift is delusional.

6 thoughts on “Preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best…

  1. Wow… 1 foot of snow.. Your garage looks like a jungle HAHAHA

    Hopefully that was the last we seen of the snow until winter! Fingers crossed

  2. Do you have any light come no in from your garage? My garage has no light. Is it still ok to overwinter my potted rose in the garage?

    1. Hi there! Yes, our former garage had small windows which let in a bit of light. I’ve heard the argument both ways: that you need a little light to allow the roses to come out of dormancy naturally and I’ve also heard that you can put them in complete darkness. I do not have any personal experience with leaving them in complete darkness, so I wouldn’t feel confident giving you specific advice on that. However, I’ll bet someone can help you if you post your question on the rose forums at gardenweb.

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