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Re: No Snow

You must have had snow already, and got the 4 inches on top??  Can't  
imagine needing a snow plow with only 4 inches.  We got 2-3 inches here,  and I'm 
sure the city, nor any individuals even HAVE a snow plow.  We have  a small 
snow shovel that we use for shoveling  mulch, brought it from 
Germany....but didn't need that either for  the snow we got.  First snow ever that early, 
and only the 6th time in  history that it snowed in Dec.  In my 20 years 
here in Houston, it's only  the second time for any measurable snow.  
  Very depressing to look out in the garden.  The cold and snow  came as a 
total surprise, so not much got protected.  Ponds seem fine, no  ice on the 
large ones. Turtles and fish fine, so far.   Lost a lot of  my succulent 
type plants that I wasn't able to cover.  Got most of the  Plumerias under 
cover, except two huge ones that I found yesterday.   They seem okay (trunk and 
roots) so far...but from past experience, the damage  usually doesn't show 
up until later.  Bromeliads seem to have fared  well. Not sure if it was the 
insulation from the snow that helped protect  them.   Took in all the 
Orchids, or covered those I could not.   Some that were grown higher up in the 
trees are still there...not sure how  bad they got hit.  Very depressing to see 
frost damaged plants....haven't  had that in years and years.  So, what 
hurricane Ike didn't take out, the  freeze this winter might......hope not.  If 
I can resist going out and  pruning until spring, I'm sure the plants in 
the ground will bounce back and be  fine....not sure about the others.   These 
past several years of not  having any cold weather to speak of really 
spoiled us plant people down  here.  
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast 
In a message dated 12/9/2009 9:00:56 AM Central Standard Time,  
Aplfgcnys@aol.com writes:

Woke  this morning to find a good 4 inches of wet snow, and a mix
of rain and  sleet falling.  Not nice! It is 39 degrees now and still
raining  fairly steadily.  Thank goodness our snow-plow guy showed
up about  9:00.  Since we are on a private road, the town doesn't
plow us and  the neighborhood has to contract with someone to 
do the road.  The  same person sometimes does some of drives.
This is a new service this year  - the guy who had come for quite
a few years did a worse and worse job,  until we finally had to 
get someone better. This fellow has done a nice  job this 
morning - even got out of the truck and cleared our steps.  Since
we no longer have teenagers to do such jobs and the one in the  
neighborhood is not interested - doesn't need jobs - it is good to
have  someone to do it.  I won't let Chet shovel snow any longer -
not good  for him at his age.

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