Re: [gardeners] Arctic chill

Janni (
Thu, 31 Jan 2002 10:48:56 -0600

Ron: It is looking like you all in California are taking our winter!! LOL 
Here in Missouri the band of ice and snow is to the west, north and south 
of me. Which is a blessing, since I would rather have six feet of snow than 
one inch of ice. It is just raining here. One of those chilly, downpour 
types of rain! Good luck with your plants and trees. And I think we should 
all gear up for next winter. IMHO I think it is going to be the worst one 
for the US in some years.


At 07:32 AM 1/31/02 -0800, you wrote:
>Good morning, friends, from a freezing Van Nuys, literally, freezing.
>Three nights in a row, now, we have had temps below 32, and, I suspect
>since we are even lower than the weather station in Van Nuys, that we
>dipped into the high 20s.
>Our citrus, even though bedeckt with hastily installed Christmas lights,
>to ward off the bitter cold (for us and our semi/tropical plants), they
>look seriously bedraggled.
>After we strung the lights on our mandarin, navel and blood orange
>trees, we picked Th. remaining mandarins, to keep them from freezing
>solid. We hung even left one of those orange trouble lights on all night
>to keep the cinnamon tree warm.
>The tea tree got pretty well blasted Monday night, when the weather
>service did not issue frost warnings for our area. On Tuesday, at about
>7:30, Vivian and I got out there in the dark and cocooned the tea and
>curry leaf trees and then went on to the citrus and the cinnamon tree in
>the back. Boy, was it windy and cold!
>Just about everything that was not already dormant "took gas..." even
>our Iceland poppies. The leaves on our coral tree (erythrina
>corraloides) look like cooked cabbage.
>The lower leaves of our artichokes, just about to bud out, look as if
>they had been steamed, they are so limp. The callas' leaves look pretty
>much done for, too.
>Next Saturday, it looks like our green can for yard wastes will be
>all-too-full of formerly healthy plants.
>There wasn't really much one could do when it snowed in Malibu:(