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1st Freeze Tonight
Tonight we get our first freeze, a bit early at that. Goodbye butterfly ginger, I cut the last of it to bring to Mom along with some roses. Goodbye impatiens and moonflower vine, no more until next year. Bye, bye thunbergia vine, it did far better than I thought it would and hopefully I will get some more started for next year. No more zinnias, lantana, cannas, or morning glories. I do feel blessed to get to enjoy these plants and many others for such a long time, but I am always sad to see them go with the first freeze. But I will still have the roses, they usually have a flower or two at all times. And I already see signs of spring, new irises coming up all over, and daffodils popping up their slim green blades. So while others rest for our short winter, these are gearing up to bloom, and the seed and plant catalogs will be coming in the mail. I can wile away those winter blues with dreams of next years beauties.
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My snaps, petunias and pansies should survive. The irises will be just fine. The calla is sneaking up in between two lorapetalum and seems to like it there. We'll see what else makes it.
Yes,my first freeze also .I have a few zinnias in my little green house.I bought some pansies and snapdragons .I covered my lantana's as they are small and I'm afraid wont come back .I have lots of plants in the greenhouse.I hope the 1 hundred watt bulb is enough for tonight as its just to get to 30 degrees tonight .Its pretty snug in there.Everything else will go butterfly plant (weed) Angel Trumpets and others. Like everyone else I will miss them.
I got all of my pots under protection so they should be ok. And the pansies, snaps and violas will survive. I also have a few callas up, we'll see.
I'm counting on all you southerners to keep my hopes alive for the months ahead, while my garden is sleeping under a blanket of mulch and manure!
It really is sad for a gardener to watch everything wither and die when the frost hits isn't it? But as you say Sharon signs of spring are already around to give us hope for next year.
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