Orchids forum: "Frost you say?" (from Bert & I)

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
May 9, 2010 4:35 PM CST
So we are predicted to have widespread frost tonight and tomorrow night. Thought you'd like to see how I spent Mother's Day this year. We can have frost till Memorial Day but often don't. This year the entire garden is 2 weeks ahead so it's especially vulnerable. I just decided to pick and chose what to attempt to protect and bring in various flowers to enjoy inside in case I lose them outside.

I covered the cyps with a towel and them threw on top my tobacco net that I use on the blueberries later as a bird shield. I'm not sure if this will protect the shade garden but it's worth a try. I tried to buy expensive frost protek products today at HD but they only sell them online. So back to sheets and towels for the peonies. Here's the shade garden.

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
May 9, 2010 4:39 PM CST
And this is the budded peonies.

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
May 9, 2010 4:39 PM CST
Closer.

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
May 9, 2010 4:41 PM CST
In the "park."

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
May 9, 2010 4:42 PM CST
In the pollyk garden.

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
May 9, 2010 4:43 PM CST
And behind the red barn. It's like the KKK has invaded!

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
May 9, 2010 4:46 PM CST
And so I ran around clipping things mostly lilacs so the barn smells amazing!

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
May 9, 2010 4:48 PM CST
Small stuff.

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
May 9, 2010 4:49 PM CST
Ah, the indoor gardener should be my name at this point. Not much arranging when you are saving life forms.

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Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
May 9, 2010 6:07 PM CST
Kathy it looks like you have done all you can do..I will keep my fingers crossed that your beautiful garden is spared.
lindsey
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
May 9, 2010 6:17 PM CST
Thanks Lindsey!! We will see! I feel like a good mommy at the moment.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
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Ursula
May 9, 2010 7:37 PM CST

Moderator

I agree, you did well. Hoping all goes well for you.
The outdoor pictures are amazing!! And I LOVE the bouquet pics.

I scrambled to move most of my plants back into the garage and built tents on the decks over the Cacti and Succulents. The problem with those was still the wind, which kept tugging on the tarps. I hope everything holds.


Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
May 9, 2010 8:02 PM CST
Kathy, your lilacs are beautiful in the vase! I envy you that part of it. I don't envy your possibility of loosing your plants. Looks like you've done all you can to protect your garden...not the ideal way to spend Mothers day. Got my fingers crossed for all of you back there! Keep us posted. Sad
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
May 10, 2010 4:47 AM CST
Yay! No frost last night, but if I hadn't done the frost dance.......!
And it's sposta get down to 23F tonight. I'm leaving all as is.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
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Ursula
May 10, 2010 6:15 AM CST

Moderator

Glad to hear it, Kathy!
Same here. I think we are good. It was a toasty 45 degr F under the C&S tarps and the garden looked fine.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
May 10, 2010 7:26 AM CST
Now for tonight!

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