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Re: Cold
  • Subject: Re: Cold
  • From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2013 15:54:18 -0500 (EST)

Cyndi, Your cold weather has come all the way across the continent to us 
this week.  Until this week we have had a very mild winter - some
nights not even freezing, and only a few in the lower 20s.  But wham!
this week we haven't been above freezing since Monday, and nights
have been in the single digits.What worries me about it is that there
is no snow cover.  There war about three inches week before last but
that had pretty much melted.  The previous several less severe winters
have spoiled us.  Two years ago we had cold but there was a good 
snow cover and things came through very well.  I am afraid I will lose
a bunch of my marginally hardy plants that have survived for several 
years now.  I don't expect Artemisia 'Powis Castle' will pull through,
or my Ruta graveolens.  I have lost both in previous cold winters, but
the ones I have now are three years old.  I just ordered more 'Powis
Castle' from Bluestone to take advantage of their 15% off for early
In a message dated 1/17/2013 12:45:03 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil writes:

We're finally coming out of our cold snap. It's been in the teens at
night and the 40s-50s during the day for a week and a half. I had a
major brain malfunction last Sunday, I forgot to turn the little
electric heater in the greenhouse back on after I watered. This morning
before we left for work it suddenly hit me and I dashed out there - I
couldn't see too much because it wasn't sunup yet but it looks like I
lost the big croton and two of the coleus I've been overwintering for a
couple years, and at least the top part of the canna got frosted.  Good
thing I don't have anything in there I can't afford to lose.
No rain to speak of yet either. It's so dry I get shocked with static
several times a day. Yesterday I dumped my leftover coffee on the dirt
and it just beaded up for a while instead of sinking in.  My hopes for a
good wildflower season are fading; but there's still time for things to
turn around.


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