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Monday, December 13, 2010
Mother Nature's Switcheroo
Last week when the reports came that freezing temperatures were on their way for Florida I wasn't convinced.
Maybe it was just high hopes. But so often a degree or two makes a big difference. And so does my tree cover.
What are the forecasters saying today? We haven't seen cold weather like this in December in twenty years.
Strong winds slamming plant-life around all day and night are battering leaves and limbs.
At this point I kind of hope they keep blowing. Maybe it will be the wind that keeps the temperatures from dropping down to the twenties.
Regardless, as much as I resolved not to scurry around covering plants ~~ I did it today.
Just a few ~~ but I felt compelled. I just had to help some of them out. Maybe they can make it through these next two nights bundled in blankets and maybe ... just maybe we won't have anymore of this out-of-the-ordinary weather even though winter hasn't officially arrived.
I'm feeling it for the strawberry growers. The fruit is not ready and they can't afford to lose the crops now.
There are many signs of stress already in the garden from this weird weather.
Tomorrow promises some very different views if the temperatures drop overnight as predicted.
This time it's likely we won't escape Mother Nature's switcheroo to winter while it is still officially autumn.
The garden will recover and life goes on. Of that I am certain.
We'll just have to learn to look at the damage a lot longer while waiting for spring to come.