It has been a chilly couple of weeks in Central Texas, with highs around 40 degrees Fahrenheit and lows around 27 degrees. My garden has not been a fan of the below freezing temperatures.
I was most concerned about my Florida Prince peach tree, considering it was in the middle of blooming when the cold front came in. To try to salvage the blooms, and ultimately at least a little bit of a peach harvest, I covered the tree in Christmas lights and then put a couple freeze cloths over it. This might have helped somewhat, but with the wind that also blew in with the freezing temps, the freeze cloth didn't stay covering the full tree for very long. I guess we will see once temps rise again if my efforts helped keep the peaches at all.
The greens, while normally cold-weather lovers, were not digging the freezing rain we've had the past few days. They were all limp and defeated-looking this morning. The good thing is that they generally bounce back pretty well once we get back into the 40s.
The poppies also took a beating. I'm really hoping they bounce back like the other cold-weather greens. I have so many poppy rosettes this year, it would break my heart if I lost them before getting to enjoy all their glory.
It has been a bummer having this crappy weather, mainly because it means I'm stuck inside and can't play in the garden. At least I have a small garden indoors that I can enjoy on these cold and rainy days, like the hyacinths that I forced in a pot indoors. Their heavenly pungent aroma fills up the entire kitchen.
And even my Madame Joseph Schwartz rose, which was brought indoors since I purchased it recently and haven't put it in the ground with the chaotic weather we've been having, sent out a bloom for me to enjoy while I wait for the spring weather to arrive.