GLOBAL WARMING - ?????
GLOBAL COOLING - You Might Convince Me!
After 10 nights of freezing temperatures, memories of the winter of 2010 are permanently etched into the minds of Florida gardeners. The second Arctic blast that arrived on Saturday finished off the plants that had managed to squeak by to that point. And, with each passing day, some of the toughest plants gave way to the frost and temps in the upper 20's. This morning the tips of the azaleas (below) are hanging their heads, and even the liriope shows signs of frostbite.
As for the back and sideyard, where most of my tropical plants are, it is a sad state of affairs.
My heart sinks every night when I check the thermometer and see that it's already below freezing at 9pm. I know the carnage that's taking place in my garden.
And, I get a knot in my stomach when I walk around and survey the damage. We're all in the same boat though, as no yard has gone untouched.
Even the water birds (winter visitors) are trying to soak up some warmth from the sun as the thermometer reads 27 degrees.
The citrus growers have iced the orange trees for most of this week in an effort to save the trees. I'm not sure how this process really works, but it must be helpful.
And, our local nursery is doing the same thing.
I consoled myself by heading to my local HD where I bought a rose bush and a gold-tipped ligustrum tree...neither of these plants freeze. They looked so sad because they had not been watered for a day or two, so I scooped them up for the total price of $10...took them home...watered them well...and put them inside the garage. Old Man Winter may have won this battle, but hope springs eternal in the hearts of gardeners...and our gardens will come alive with flowers come spring...or, maybe, closer to summer this year!