Monday, November 22, 2010

who's crying now?

(poor banana after a freeze)

(and right next door, blackbird has a new baby)

I have a strict policy that nobody cries alone in my presence.

Dolly Parton

It's coming. Snow. We had a precursor today. Some fell, but none stayed. Just look at poor banana. I walked out the door this morning and what you see above is what I saw. Droopy. Glassy. Very sad.

And just a couple feet away, Blackbird has a new leaf opening. What a weird weather year this has been. I doubt that I can save the baby leaf. I just hope I can save the plant through the winter.

As you can see, I have wrapped the base of the plants with rope lights. They do a stellar job of keeping the ground warm enough. I also have to figure out a cover for banana this year. The one I used last year won't work because it is too short. I might build a teepee wrapped with clear plastic to let the light in. For now, Blackbird has a 5 gallon bucket on his head at night. I'll remove it during the day.

We also put rope lights inside the cold frames. Here's to the grand experiment....


Kathryn Grace said...

Snow. I imagine you in your convertible, top down, at a stop light, lifting your face and sticking your tongue out to catch snow flakes. Crossing my fingers those plants have well insulated roots. Will be interesting to learn how the lights work in the cold frames.

kario said...

Good luck! We have almost an inch right now and I'm so glad I brought all my plants and garden doodads in to save them.

Carrie Link said...

Did you get a lot where you live? We just had a tiny bit of ice, but enough to cancel school for Rojo. Don't get me started.

Joan said...

Hope everyone survives the winter. You have a lot invested in these plants emotionally.