Keeping My Plants Safe From Frost
I left some plants out on my balcony as an experiment, and they weathered the slight freeze admirably in large part to the protection of a blanket and the warmth radiating from my sliding glass door. The plants that were lucky enough to have a winter home indoors are doing fine, but they'll be able to get a more thorough watering as soon as I take them back outdoors.
I also took cuttings of my 'red sister' ti plant, which doubled as a lovely bouquet! You can see it my other blog, over at The Garden Geek. Have a look around while you're there too!
Back at my parent's place, there was indeed a freeze, just not the disastrous apocalypse to end all freezes that I had planned for. According to my dad, the Rainforest Garden got down to 29 degrees, but I'm going with a much more conservative estimate of 32.
Only patches of exposed foliage were toasted, and when I visited last night the only plants that were completely defoliated included the usual tender suspects: Morning glory, firebush, tibouchina, banana, and... that's actually it.
Some plants performed pretty darn well too! My firespike was wimpy in spots but still blooming and healthy overall! Oh, and the papaya that I covered with a large box? Its in perfect shape! There were even stalks of the heliconia that came through alright.
So how did your gardens fare so far in this unseasonable cold weather?