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This weather is driving the garden nuts, and me with it. 
2nd-Mar-2017 02:47 pm
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We've had record high temperatures through January and February. The crocus came up with the daffodils and they are both blooming. The bigger apricot tree started blooming last weekend. The smaller one started blooming yesterday. The camellia is covered in heavy buds and a few open flowers. And we are expecting a low of NINETEEN DEGREES tomorrow night.

ARGHAGHAFLARGAAAA.

I received my bare-root artichokes back in February. I planted two out in the raised beds and four went into pots and into the Great Room. (One of the indoor plants is leafing out already!) So I do have insurance against late frosts. But I still put in a call to the Peaceful Organic folks to find out if there is anything I can do to preserve the two out in the beds.
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2nd-Mar-2017 08:18 pm (UTC)
I know my grandmother always put upside down empty milk jugs over her early bloomers when it called for frost/cold. ?
2nd-Mar-2017 08:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, sure, if I needed to, I could put out row-covers on the flowers to try to minimize the frost damage tonight. Unfortunately, tomorrow night is a different physics problem. 19 degrees is a freeze. That low a temperature will likely damage the insides of the flowers and fruits, not just the outsides. The actual trees and camellia bush won't suffer, but the camellia buds, both camellia and apricot open flowers, and any baby fruit will be killed by ice crystals from the inside out.

In the flower beds, that's a different story. The daffodils... at this point, I think they are mutant and will withstand anything from zero to 80 degrees.
9th-Mar-2017 05:59 am (UTC)
Artichokes? Here? WoW!
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