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Monday, December 6, 2010
How Cold is Cold to a Floridian?
Ask any of us. Just as diverse will be the answers as the number of us asked.
There really isn't any wrong answer. We all have our preferences and reasons to back them.
We are a spoilt lot, for the most part, being very comfortable with our wonderfully mild winter climate.
For me, it is all about the plants.
If it gets too cold for the plants to survive happily then it is too cold for this Florida native. Not because I don't personally like the cold. I do.
When the temperatures drop to 40's and 50's (which is lots chillier than we get on a regular basis) it is energizing. It just gets my blood moving. It makes me want to don a favorite knit scarf and snuggly sweater and head outdoors.
In Florida the sun shines so beautifully even on our cooler days. There is nothing more invigorating than crisp blue skies and a frisky chill in the air to get some serious gardening accomplished.
Alas, the north winds are blowing across this great country and they have reached all the way down into my beloved sub-tropical peninsular with warnings of freezing temps for the night hours.
I'd be so pleased if we could have made it through December without dropping to the dreaded 32 degree mark. After all most of us know December is very early for such warnings. It's not even winter yet.
Oh well. It is what it is and there isn't anything we can do to change it. The farmers and growers have it much worse than what my little garden might suffer.
Today was a brilliantly sunny day, windy and yes, 50's. Which made it a good day to get the camera & catch some glimpses of today's conditions. Just in case a few things look differently tomorrow. :-)
We'll let the chips fall as they may for the next couple of nights. That's not to say we won't be hoping for the best. But no need to get our dander up over what we can't control.
Except for the tomato plants. There's no doubt they needed some extra layers for protection. All snuggled up under drop cloths they are tonight. So early in the season. But oh, how they want to come to maturity and turn into red, ripe fruit for winter scrumptiousness. I just know they do.