So, a week ago we had our first freeze, two nights of freezes and another night of near freezing. We covered up most of our tender tropicals or put them in the man-cave but others we left to fend for themselves or like a couple of them—I just plumb forgot.
The peppers were here when we moved in and so I wasn’t exactly married to them so I let the weather decide how to handle them. They were toast so the following weekend I pulled them out and picked the ripe fruits to eat later.
Here’s one of the plants I completely forgot about—the African blue basil. Oops. Luckily it will rebound it appears and the next freeze (coming on Thursday night) I’ll be sure to put a bucket over it so I don’t kill the whole plant. I also forgot to cover the Cuban oregano which really made me mad when I saw it, but again, there’s a bit still alive that will regrow so I’ll be putting a bucket over it next time.
We let the variegated blue sky vine (Thumbergia grandiflora) and the stephanotis fend for themselves and they seemed ok after the first night but the second night kicked them around a bit. We covered the blue sky vine up the following night and will probably baby it a bit but likely it’ll grow back from the roots this spring.
I found it interesting how some of the salvia’s did ok and weren’t burnt but then one right next two it was crisp. These plants reseed easily and will also grow back from the roots but I’ll be throwing buckets over them too.
We almost didn’t cover the nasturiums and not all of them were covered, which you can see here, but the ones that were covered look good…the ones that weren’t…not so much. Oh well, more seeds, more planting when the weather warms up.
I’m gonna need to buy more sheets from Goodwill.