Friday, December 08, 2006

Four near misses

Jack Frost hasn't really nipped at anything yet. The cold all ran down hill on the four nights that he came closest. There's been not even a light frost, let alone a killing one. All except the largest and the most tender plants hauled indoors are going out again for a while tomorrow. Half the pear leaves are still clinging and about a quarter of the pecan leaves are. I refuse to rake until everything's down. More bloom stalks keep appearing on the paperwhites.


At 10:28 PM, December 09, 2006, Anonymous M Sinclair Stevens said...

The first night only the top leaves of the Fatsia japonica were nipped. Whether some later nights were colder (the thermometer says no) or a cumulative effect damaged them, by Friday morning the cosmos, the four o'clocks, and the banana leaves were gone.

At the Green Classroom even the broccoli and cabbage had been damaged. And all the heat-loving plants, the tomatoes, peppers, and basil were dead.

At 10:08 AM, December 10, 2006, Blogger Rantor said...

From the very first night of the four, I think, a bit of a geranium plant and the tip of a branch of a chile plant, both in pots, were nipped where they had peeked out from beneath a towel or sheet. Cosmos are sheltered from the wind. Four o'clocks had finished their season here before the first cold night.


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