But still pretty chilly, and forecast to be in the mid 30’s tonight. Nothing says winter in Florida like covered plants that just can’t tolerate the cold weather. These are of our stick plants that I’ve nurtured for years. They were started from a cutting from a plant my grandmother had in Indiana. At her house, it was a houseplant in a pot. Here, one is in a huge pot and is over 7 feet tall, the other (from the same plant) is planted in the ground and about 5 feet across and nearly 6 feet tall. But on cold nights like this, we have to cover them up. I’ve almost killed it a couple of times by not protecting it from the cold.
So, with the cold snap predicted a few days ago, we held out some of the outside Christmas lights and draped them over the plants, bought some unbleached muslin, and protected the plants. The muslin keeps the frost off, and the slight bit of heat put off by the lights keeps things just warm enough to keep the plants from freezing.
Meanwhile, the palm tree out front has burlap wrapped around it’s trunk, and the floodlights should keep it warm enough to make it through the night. By tomorrow, the forecast is for a low of 45, which is not cold enough to harm the plants. So, the cloth and lights can come off.
By the weekend … we’re looking for highs back in the mid to upper 60’s. Far more typical weather for Florida in January.
I’m going to try something with Flickr. I want to take pictures of everyday things. There are a lot of 365 sets, and I don’t know if I can get something every day, but I’d like to just try to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. We’ll see how that goes.
Andie needs the computer, so I’ll leave it there for tonight.