Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Monday, January 29, 2007

All Bundled Up for the Cold Weather

With our first freeze of the winter projected tonight, my Jewels of Opar plants are bundled tightly beneath some old blankets. These sun-loving plants do not like cold weather. They won't freeze to the ground but their tender tips will shrivel back a few inches. As usual, we get at least one cold and frosty night each winter - just long enough (2 to 6 hours of freezing temps expected) to have a few plants hanging their heads by morning. This photo shows the contrasts of a Florida winter - plants bundled up for freezing weather, while azaleas and iris bloom in the background. Hopefully, the weatherman will be wrong and the temps will stay right above 32 degrees. One can always hope!


M Sinclair Stevens (Texas) said...

Sounds like Florida got hit pretty hard by weather. Hope it wasn't bad where you were.

We do the same thing with the blankets and covers in Central Texas. We get a couple of winter storms and half a dozen light frosts on average. But the sun soon comes out and warms things up to temperatures that are much more pleasant than any summer.

Simply Susan! said...

Thanks for your comment. We were lucky and the temps did not get as low as expected - only to 38 degrees. Everything in the yard escaped damage including a large angel trumpet. Whew!

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