Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Snow? Probably not, but I can dream!


Preparing for some below freezing nights as a cold air mass moves into our area I've covered the lemon and lime trees (in pots) with burlap and turned on the lights I use to help them make it through the night. I've got some old three-sided hinged tomato cages (worthless for tomatoes) that I strung Christmas lights on several years ago. Since they fold they're easy to store off season, just pull them out of the ground and fold, without removing the lights. When the first possibility of frost comes around I put them back up. They support the burlap on three sides and a stake on the fourth side completes the system. We're hearing of possible temperatures in the 20's which doesn't happen a lot here. Once in a great while we'll get a little snow...could this year be the year?

5 comments:

MrBrownThumb said...

Hey Leslie,

How are the plants doing? It's been weird to read about so many gardeners having to protect their gardens in California. But your plan made for some interesting image. It almost looks like you've invented something new.

Luminary Topiaries!

:0)

Leslie said...

So far everything is good...but we've got a couple more cold nights on tap. As Claire at An Alameda Garden says...we're garden wimps!

Kerri said...

Hello Leslie,
Thanks for stopping by. It's always nice to 'meet' new blog friends :)
You're very resourceful to have come up with this idea. I hope your citrus trees make it. I'd love to have lemon and time trees!
It's strange to think it's colder in CA than it is here right now. We're having steady rain at the moment and 38ยบ.

Salix Tree said...

What an eerie photo, odd things glowing in the dark..
I do hope your citrus trees make it through the cold.
I enjoyed reading your post about being a gardener.

lisa said...

Functional and pretty-awesome!