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Re: Florida/freezes

That's a great exerpt. Houses are a bit "leaky" here too. But this is
one of the original 12 homesteads in this town - so this house is
olllllddd. It didn't even have a bathroom until WWII. I've got my
lasgana bed over the spot wher the "little house" was. It is very
fertile soil though ;-)

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "SallyAnn" <safart@aug.com>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Thu, 23 Jan 2003 21:59:59 -0500

>"Sometimes we wait through most of the night for the temperature to drop low
>enough to light the fires. Midnight may tell the story. If the temperature
>has hovered around 32 until that time, then suddenly begins to dip down,
>slowly but inexorably, we are ready, and watch the thermometer as though the
>life of a dying man were at stake. The poorest helper, recruited from his
>clearing in the flatwoods, with not a single orange tree of his own, knows
>that this is a matter of life and death for something rich and fabulous and
>beautiful that he longs for as his own, but will fight to save for a more
>fortunate other. If we have 28 degrees just before daylight and it has not
>previously dropped to this mark, we are inclined to risk it and to disband,
>saving the precious fat pine for a worse night."
>- Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Cross Creek, chapter titled "Winter."
> She knew much more than many men about our Florida citrus & JIM- I did
>cover my limequat with a sheet tonight...& the Camellia 's-FULL of buds &
>bloom-hate to loose those beauties, so cut what I could
>for inside---DOWN to 22 tonight!! Hope everyone stays warm--our houses here
>are very draughty!
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A


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