Rarely is it necessary to bundle up with coats, hats, and gloves in central Florida. That's just what I did today to venture into the garden for a couple of hours.
I've been thinking lately each time I drive in and out of the driveway that I really need to take some photos of the red pentas in the front garden. Rooted from cuttings (back in July) and planted into the front lawn renovation project they are glowing brightly just in time for the new decade.
From this angle the 'baby' Giant Spider Lily Crinum augustum 'Queen Emma' is showing off her deep magenta colors and broad leaves. She was just a 'pup' separated from the mother back in July also and my has she grown.
So with threats of freezing temperatures for the next three nights I headed out to the veggie garden to cull the beans, squash, and a few tomatoes. The carrots, greens, lettuce, broccoli, and peas should be fine.
First, though, taking a walk about the garden and capturing how things are looking today... just in case it all turns wilty and mushy this week.
It was decided not to panic over the reports and threats of hard freeze warnings. But we would enjoy some sauteed squash for dinner and rejoice that our vegetable garden is producing good food in the middle of winter.
The garage became our make-shift greenhouse for all the tender cuttings rooting in 4 and 6 inch pots. They are snuggly waiting out the next few days to see what really happens. But only a few container plants were moved into the shelter of the back patio.
Including my one blooming orchid.
We're taking our chances on the rest. I think. I may change my mind tomorrow and move more plants under cover. Tomorrow night is supposed to be the worst.
I'm counting on the screening over the lanai to hold off the lowest numbers predicted.
... And the canopy of oak trees to blanket the understory and fool the frost.
Likely some of the most tender tropicals will not fare so well. We'll hope for the roots to stay warm and healthy and for a quick recovery in a few weeks when the earth warms up.
I can't be sure about the stray goldenrod that keeps reseeding and blooming since this is my first year of going through winter with it.
Tomorrow or the next day everything may look quite differently. We will let the chips fall as they may and hope for some cloud cover tonight.
Stay warm, dear gardeners! At least we don't have snow!