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Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Jan 3, 2012 3:55 PM CST
My neck of the woods is looking at a hard freeze tonight. Glare Angry I sure hope the heaters keep up in my GH. It was below freezing this morning when Bill got up, but not hard. I haven't even ventured out to check things...soon enough for possible tears tomorrow. I've got 4 plumies with pods and 2-3 dozen buds on the Golden Chalice. Oh well...if they drop at least I got to see blooms this year...and that's my bright spot Angel

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jan 3, 2012 3:57 PM CST
Protect the tips of the Plumeria with the pods, just throw an old towel or sweater over them.... or socks (picture from last year)...
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Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Plays in the sandbox Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Gulf Coast Tip Photographer The WITWIT Badge
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Plumerias Hummingbirder Dog Lover
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gingin
Jan 3, 2012 4:03 PM CST
It's the pods wearing socks?? They might get to wear my new knee highs before me Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Gone Tropical
Orlando, Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: Florida Butterflies Irises Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader
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GoneTropical
Jan 3, 2012 5:09 PM CST
same here, I am glad I could enjoy the pink balls on my Dombeya wallichii. Last year the December freeze killed all the buds Smiling


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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jan 3, 2012 6:28 PM CST
It has now dropped to 40º here in Daytona Beach. We are expecting a low of 25º tonight with a freeze that's supposed to last from 5-8 hours. Poor tropical plants! Crying I brought my one large Plumeria inside as well as the orchids and a few other plants. The remainder of my plants are on the deck and have blankets around them but it's going to be so cold for so long I'm afraid this will be another winter of many plants lost to freezes.

I can't complain about the loss of plants though ... I saw my next door neighbor this afternoon and noticed repairmen at her house. She told me that her central air conditioning/heating unit exploded and caught fire last night! She's an airline pilot and had just gotten in from a flight from Beijing and was really tired. She said she had just walked in and changed from her uniform and flipped on her heat because it was cold. She heard a loud pop that sounded like it came from out back so she turned her deck lights on and saw smoke coming from the air unit and had to call 911. Luckily it was contained to the AC/Heat unit and didn't spread to her house. This all happened about 12:45 - 1:00 a.m. and I never heard a thing! I've always been a light sleeper but I must have really been out to not hear the sirens and all of the commotion! All of us here in our little cul-de-sac are single family attached homes so she had to wake up her neighbors whose home is attached to hers ... just in case the fire spread. Luckily the fire department was able to put it out quickly with no damage to either of their homes but I think she has to buy a new system. She's probably staying with her mom or her sister tonight.

I've heard that many older homes in some parts of Florida don't have air or heat so people have to use space heaters during freezing temp's. Every winter we get news reports about fires that are caused by space heaters, and those homes usually don't have smoke detectors either. Sad Many Fire Departments give out free smoke detectors every year which is a good thing.

Stay warm everyone ... and stay safe during these cold winter nights!
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Name: Gone Tropical
Orlando, Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: Florida Butterflies Irises Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader
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GoneTropical
Jan 3, 2012 6:49 PM CST
oh no, I am so sorry for your neighbor, we are all just way too used to the AC/Heat units. And of course something goes wrong with them either in the coldest nights, or the hottest days.
I am using space heaters and an oil radiator in my makeshift greenhouses, so far so good.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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Dutchlady1
Jan 3, 2012 7:43 PM CST
I'm gambling that the Weather.com people are right and we won't go below freezing..... fingers firmly crossed! (we need a fingers crossed icon!) Blinking I have thrown a few sheets over some of my plumeria, and have set the lights in the front yard to stay on... every little bit helps.
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Plays in the sandbox Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Gulf Coast Tip Photographer The WITWIT Badge
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Plumerias Hummingbirder Dog Lover
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gingin
Jan 4, 2012 4:11 PM CST
My GH is looking very sad...once again the heaters didn't keep up. Crying Angry
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
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Budgielover
Jan 5, 2012 9:34 AM CST
My central heat/air died several years ago and I haven't replaced it yet as I want to totally redo the location of the unit from the house to the garage which requires all new duct work as well. I have other priorities. For the few days of cold we get every year, I use space heaters when we are home but unplug them when we are gone.

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