Early in January we had some seriously cold weather, where the night temperature was nearly -6 degree with a wind chill factor of -17. That’s cold!
Some of the plants in the patio didn’t survive. We had moved the citrus and avocado to be under the big heater, so, they and many other plants did quite nicely.
This geranium is still blooming, 2 weeks later.
This geranium, which stayed near the wall where there were large air leaks, is toast.
But, at least I was able to get some cuttings, and now they are sitting in a plastic tent indoors near a window, on a heat mat, and in a few weeks these cuttings will root and I will be on my way to getting replacement plants for the ones that died.
When I cut off the wilted part, underneath is really healthy plant material, which has been recharging for the last 2 weeks. In another week or so, we should have blooms. In fact, here are a few that are ready to open.
It amazes me how quickly these plants can recover from a freeze or sometimes, when we forget to water, a drought! Here on the patio, winter is a season where the roses don’t go dormant, they do slow down, and the geraniums bloom profusely. But this year, I have a lot of plants that are in recovery because of the extreme cold.
Today, I have been having a grand time, working here in the patio. Outside, the sun is shining and it is 12 degrees. Inside, it is 55 degrees and no heater. The Thompson Seedless grapevine and petunias needed pruning and the ivy needs to be trained.
We have been busy in the winery this month and it is time to take care of the plants. But, we always take time to test wine!
Here I am, testing the not yet released Sangria with the Southwest Gourmet Pizza. It’s a great match!