Friday, December 01, 2006


We brought in as many plants as we could stand to and had room for and then covered up as many as we could with as many old towels and sheets as were available. First in were the potted milkweeds (quite tender) to be saved in case monarchs hatch or fly through, basil, the succulents from Mrs. H. with white parts that turn pink in the chill, representative chile plants, the best of the ancient geraniums (which should have been slipped this summer), and the schefflera in two pots that grew from remnants of last year's frozen one that survived and were stuck in new pots. This morning there was no frost to be seen, and certainly no killing frost. The ground's still warm, of course, so that helps. After the chill predicted for the next few nights, everything will go back out, except, perhaps, the larger and heavier schefflera.


At 6:36 PM, December 03, 2006, Anonymous M Sinclair Stevens (Austin) said...

Yep. The weathermen had me racing around in a frenzy. Mid-20s my foot. My milkweed and basil are in the ground but both seemed okay after being covered. Oddly, the Fatsia japonica had some frost damage. The frost-tender cosmos didn't.

At 11:41 PM, December 03, 2006, Blogger Rantor said...

Cosmos were fine; in fact, they look better now than they have all season. Some potted geraniums were nipped a bit where the sheet or blanket had failed to cover them. Thunbergia and sweet peas didn't mind. Here at 11:30 pm just now (Sunday night), it's clear and 38 degrees. The ground is cooler than it was even a day or so ago. Morning's light may show actual frost this time.


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