Monday, January 16, 2012


No.  I do not talk like that; but it’s supposed be getting cold at nights.  Finally.  The lettuce bed is tucked in under a canopy of plastic sheeting that is supported by a frame.  I take care not to let the plastic touch the leaves.  If it freezes, then that contact could damage any vegetation touching the freezing plastic sheeting.

The citrus trees need to be covered as well.  Some re-purposed sun umbrellas make this task easy.  The base of the two part umbrella stays in the pot during the season when freeze damage can occur (December – March).DSC_2189Once the plastic sheeting has been initially secured with small clamps (paper clips or clothes pins), it stays on whether the umbrella is open or closed for storage.DSC_2190The underside of these umbrellas has reflective material that I believe helps the temperature stay a bit above freezing.  I could be wrong.  It’s happened before.

The ferns hanging under the pergola get covered with old sheets.  Those are also secured with clothes pins.DSC_2192If anyone peeked over the garden wall they might think a Klan meeting was in progress.  They would be incorrect.

Here’s to hoping for loads of cold, cold weather to kill any bugs that think they can hang out over the winter.


Lo said...

I am overwhelmed by the trouble you go to to care for your garden. I do admire you.

Re one of your blogs a few days were asking what kind of plant/bushes you could plant in the side bed that killed the camelias and azaleas.........have you considered those bush type yellow daisies......they stay green and bloom all year and do OK in the winter shade....they do like the sun in the summer.....can be trimmed and pruned to shape.....just a thought.
Love, Lo


*Lo - I think your suggestion is Eriophyllum lanatum 'Siskiyou'. It's a daisey like flower. Those do grow well around here. Thanks for your suggestion; it's just that I would like a large white flower to plant in front of the brick wall. Do you ever get frost/freeze warnings down your way? If it does, you could use some of your old caftans to drape over your plants!