Biding Time

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Early last week, we had the worst freeze we’ve been through as gardeners. Being as so far the greatest percentage of our gardening years has taken place in Florida, we didn’t get freezes or even sub 40* temperatures much. Of course there was that one time when 42* was too much for a starfruit seedlings… We’re just not used to this yet.

But last week, it was rough. Rougher than I thought it was going to be. Two nights of below 20* for many hours—hard freezes. The plants I thought were going to tough it out, wellll, not so much probably. Now we’re wondering just what is going to come back and what isn’t. We covered or brought in our usual suspects and then covered a few other plants as caution. Now I wish I could have thrown an extra oversize blanket over the whole garden.

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The starfish cactus, which we usually cover for anything below freezing, was burned along the edges. Usually it is mostly happy when we uncover it.

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A prickly pear cactus that is likely more tropical than we thought, seemed to melt right into the cactus bed. A few pads are still alive, and we’ll try to regrow from them.

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In my search for color, a Johnny jump-up presented itself. I sowed these from seeds last spring and they’ve bloomed on and off, then seemed to die back, only to regrow in the fall.

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Patches of foxglove, a biennial, should bloom this year.

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This would be another patch of starfish cactus we didn’t cover, choosing to be daring, and what might have been left alive after a regular freeze was mostly definitely mush after a hard freeze.

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Out in the vegetable garden the bok choi and broccoli rapini is growing well. Maybe in a few weeks we can start harvesting them.

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Chris putting dirt around the leeks.

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And it wouldn’t be a garden post without some lazy cats.

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Like I said, biding time until the last freeze, until warmer temperatures, and spring.

Comments 3

  1. Donna wrote:

    Looks like you may loose more than you thought! 🙁 not sure the gardenia is going to make up here now. Not looking good. 🙁

    Posted 15 Jan 2014 at 3:15 pm
  2. chel wrote:

    how did everything wind up doing, given a little time? sometimes things bounce back- any luck?

    Posted 20 Jan 2014 at 10:08 am
  3. Misti wrote:

    We won’t really know about many plants until March.

    Posted 20 Jan 2014 at 7:45 pm

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