Gardening in the Pacific Northwest (Vancouver, Washington)
For once, the weather forecasters were correct yesterday when they said to expect a strong windstorm. It all started around 5pm when the skies became very hazy and then the wind hit. Gusts up to 50mph were mentioned. I'm not sure how strong they actually were but we were on pins and needles watching our trees and plants whip around in circles.
Fortunately, we fared well and had no damage. Just up the street, however, our neighbors lost a big honeylocust tree -
We always worry about our eucalyptus tree. This was a tiny slip of a plant when I brought it home from the nursery a few years ago. It is now reaching for the sky and continues to grow. Talk about a fast grower! Although I have an 8-ft. rebar stake next to it, it is woefully inadequate. I'm not sure how you go about staking a tree this size.
The morning, the smoke and haze had cleared and it is a beautiful day although it is still windy.