Sunday, February 12, 2012


I had almost forgotten what February is like! Then, after dark last night Old Man Winter roared across the island, huffing and puffing. In short order, trees were dancing and my porch swing was swaying as 35-45 mph frigid winds forced temperatures down to near freezing. By early morning the temperature was in the upper 20s, and now it feels like it is in the teens.

Until now it had been exceptionally mild (take a look at Thursday's blog). Flowers were blooming, neighbors were working outside in shirtsleeves, and thoughts were turning to spring.

Today, folks will be huddling around their fireplaces trying to stay warm. I think I'll work outside another day.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the "Joe Bell" flower. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous12:12 PM

    Hang in there,the summer winds can't be far behind!!

    ps Where can I get seeds for the JoeBell flower? Thanks

  2. I know I've see Joe Bell seeds for sale in the northern Outer Banks, but I can't remember where. Maybe you can find them on-line...or just ask an islander if you can pluck a flower or two from alongside the road.

  3. debbie s.3:40 PM

    stay warm, chilly just inland from you too. even my kids have little interest in going out (and its driving me nuts! lol)

  4. Sundae Horn8:24 AM

    Joe-bells are Gallardia, and you can find seeds for then at garden shops and online. They can be hard to grow from seed, but you can often find the plants for sale as well.