winter in a Calif. garden, was Re: [gardeners] test

Sherryl Fawx (
Thu, 17 Jan 2002 17:47:56 -0800

This part of Sunny California has been kinda chilly in the mornings lately.
 It feels even chillier to those of us who bike to work.  First frost here
usually comes in December, but we've only been hit this week.  We are
seeing mini-Christmas lights wrapped around tender plants, and frost dusts
the roofs, lawns & cars.  I brought my orchids inside a few weeks ago just
in case and covered the lemon tree (planted in a half-barrel) this week.
The orchids will spend the rest of the winter on the bottom tier of the
light stand.  Our garage-kitty has appropriated the middle tier, and the
top will be for starting seeds.

We spent the past 6 months doing a house-remodel and are only just getting
things back together.  The area that once held a pair of raised beds for
vegetables is now part of our new master bedroom & bath, so I have to
figure out where to put the seedlings-to-be.  One nice improvement, our new
bedroom has lots of light (windows on 3 sides, & french doors leading out
into the garden, so when we finally get the back yard 'completed', it
should be lovely.  I have been avidly reading all of your descriptions of
yards & landscaping and collecting ideas for the new space.  Current plans
include a small fish pond, a series of large planters, climbing roses &
clematis along a fence line (and No Lawn).  

Many thanks!
wishing for more daylight hours in zone 9b