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I survived coldest temperatures of the year.


By stan510


Sunday morning the official low was 35f..but that is subject to change. I saw 34f on my outdoor digital and I looked at the coldest time of the morning..7:30am.
I know that its also how long its that cold,and Banana leafs do look to have taken a hit. Not blackened as in a all out freeze..but singed on top. Ensente maurelli might be hardy in body..but their leafs get funky at below 40f,long before any frost forms. Spotted,some yellow. Now at near the freezing mark I can see they will not hold up and will need a pruning soon.
Other tropicals with thicker leafs seem to have fared fine as usual. 34 or 35f for me is a mild winter,so if they couldn’t take that,I would have no garden.
The way our local climate seems to operate is…deepest cold is in (Like this year- still fall!) December. Once the shortest day has passed..its all -slowly-uphill. Usually.

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as long as you stay warm and safe. the plants will either survive or be replaceable. 22/12/16 is the shortest day so it gets lighter as you say. best day of the year in some repects

19 Dec, 2016


It wasn't a totally untouched cold event. Some things look a little worse for wear. Overall- it still on the mild side. Not the record mild I was hoping for. Since 2000 SeaB.Girl I think my best ever winter had only a low of 36f or 2.2C Then I know we had a 35f or 1.6C as next best ever. So,as I say, a few degrees makes a huge difference for me here. I know in colder or warmer climates its just not that way. Here,very important.
Unless,I planted like a public parking lot. Everything can take 15f (-10C!)weather and is sold cheap at the home repair store nursery.
I cant do that!

20 Dec, 2016


Over in Rushden, Northamptonshire, two men have a tropical garden behind their house. There was an article about it in the local paper years ago. I remember they covered all the huge plants up in the winter with special covers.

20 Dec, 2016


Sure why not? You only live once..try to bring the tropics and the fantasy home. I've done some extreme things along those lines.
Eventually I learned the creating was the easy part..the maintaining was very difficult and costly. And it was a one way cost.
I've had to change those experiments since getting married the last century also. Or,has it been two centurys?...

20 Dec, 2016

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