Florida Gardening forum: Will this cold ever end?

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Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
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Budgielover
Feb 26, 2010 7:07 AM CST
How is everyone handling it?
Name: Jim Bailey
DeLand, Fla
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Goodgreen
Feb 26, 2010 8:24 AM CST
well, as most of you know, I tend to be a little high strung, although I'm not really mad at anyone thats how it seems to come across from time to time. I'm just venting my frustrations. I was just sitting here this morning thinking about this latest cold snap and wondering when is all this going to end??
this is the worst winter in 35 years around this area. I've got anything from plumbagoes to night blooming jasmine that I re-planted last year because it all froze, and now it looks like I'm going to have to do it all over again this year. Its tireing to buy the same stuff every year. Take the plants in for 3 or4 days, take them back out for 3 or 4 days, over and over again.
sometimes I wish I just owned a condo with no yard. Even playing golf, which used to be 2 or 3 times a week, is now maybe once a week because its too blamed cold. The golf courses are all brown and the greens don't have any grass on them. Its like putting on your kitchen floor, its so hard and dry. I just feel like I'm wasting time sitting here, but what else can you do? I've got maple trees starting to bud, azaleas blooming, some robins flew through here last week, all the signs of spring, the full moon this month is on a warm day which is supposed to be a sign of early spring, or no more frost, and everything is cooperating EXCEPT the weather. No use buying anymore plants right now because I've got no place to put them, unless I start filling up the bathrooms....not a good time for an outside kind of person.
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Feb 26, 2010 8:34 AM CST
Hang in there Jim. This too shall pass. Other than the financial loss, try to look on it as a chance to experiment with new plants and new landscaping ideas. When you redo it, be sure to put in a mix of cold hardy plants, native plants and then some tropicals and annuals. Think of the tropicals as annuals and you won't be so disappointed if you lose them. Between the cold hardy evergreens and native plants, you will at least still have some green year round. Podocarpus make great cold hardy hedges and provide some protection for more tender plants in front of them.
Name: Jim Bailey
DeLand, Fla
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Goodgreen
Feb 26, 2010 12:24 PM CST
actually, I've been looking at some japanese plum--something-or other bushes. They're purple/plum color and make good hedges. Keep their color all year and good to 20 degrees!!
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Mar 10, 2010 3:52 AM CST
So, how is everyone liking the warm spell this week?
Name: Jim Bailey
DeLand, Fla
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Goodgreen
Mar 11, 2010 6:06 AM CST
Its been great for me. Temps in the shade house have been 80-85. Made 40 something cuttings of coleus yesterday. Everyone's happy!!

Got 6 ginger plants to propogate and plant and about 25 caladium bulbs, but now it looks like rain today.

got everything fertilized yesterday, so rain today is a good thing---at least its not going to get cold afterwards...................

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