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Name: Larry
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ricelg
Jan 1, 2018 5:36 PM CST
I HATE cold weather (anything under 55) but one of the few benefits of this miserable cold is the "Frostweed" effect. Pretty cool (no pun intended)....
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jan 1, 2018 6:49 PM CST
I have always wanted to see those! Lucky you!! Hurray!
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Name: Sandi
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Jan 1, 2018 8:00 PM CST

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@ricelg I've never seen it either! Love the frost weed pics!
Name: Kristi
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pod
Jan 1, 2018 8:17 PM CST
I had seen it years ago but never think to look when we have a hard freeze.

Were these on frostweed plants or something else?

Pretty cool is right! Thanks for sharing.
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Name: Larry
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ricelg
Jan 1, 2018 9:44 PM CST
Yes, Frostweed. I'm fortunate enough to have about 50 or so on my property. Interestingly, every single one "burst" today (even the small ones), all in relative proportion to their size. At first it looked like a bunch of trash (paper or styrofoam cups)!
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tx_flower_child
Jan 2, 2018 10:27 AM CST
I've never seen my Frostweed do its thang. Wonder if it's because they're still in pots? Or if they have to be mature enough? I have 3 plants, 2 of which were given to me by Frostweed herself.

Must have been pretty cool (no pun) to see a whole field of them.

Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Jan 2, 2018 11:56 AM CST
Impressive! I've never seen Frostweed.
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Name: Larry
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ricelg
Jan 2, 2018 1:04 PM CST
tx_flower_child said:I've never seen my Frostweed do its thang. Wonder if it's because they're still in pots? Or if they have to be mature enough? I have 3 plants, 2 of which were given to me by Frostweed herself.

Must have been pretty cool (no pun) to see a whole field of them.



Not sure. I know it has to be a hard freeze. We've had a couple of nights around 30 and nothing. But once the deep freeze came, they all burst at once. It is pretty neat, but selfishly Id just as soon it stay 60 . Did my time in Iowa and northern Alaska...

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GrammaChar
Jan 3, 2018 9:36 AM CST
I agree Larry. Am ready for this cold spell to end.
From this morning's news:
San Antonio dropped to 32 degrees around 7:50 pm on 12/31 and finally returns to above freezing around 11:15 am today, good for about 39.5 consecutive hours with temperatures at or below freezing. This was the longest such streak since Feb 1-4 2011 (about 66 hours at or below 32).

My blood is too thin for these temperatures!
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Name: Larry
Hill Country TX (Zone 8b)
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ricelg
Jan 3, 2018 4:33 PM CST
The irony is I moved here from northern Alaska to get away from the cold! I'm thinking Hawaii or south Florida now. :)
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Jan 3, 2018 4:50 PM CST
Florida is freezing tonight.
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tx_flower_child
Jan 10, 2018 2:58 PM CST
Forecast here is calling for snow on Monday. Will wait and see.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Jan 10, 2018 9:13 PM CST
Thumbs down Not looking forward to it but I'll say let's get it over with!!!

Then we can get closer to summer. Whistling
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Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Jan 11, 2018 11:45 AM CST
If its warm enough to stand it in winter, ya don't want to be there in summer. I hear Hi and southern Cali are fairly decent most of the year. Can't trust Fl, it does freeze some years, but like Houston, most freezes dont last but 3 days before its comfy and humid again.
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Name: Larry
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ricelg
Jan 11, 2018 1:45 PM CST
I've been here 2 summers now (and previously 6 summers in the past). It does get hot and generally miserable in August but for some reason that doesn't bother me near the way the cold does. I just work early in the morning and late at night and stay inside during the day.

@GrammaChar Looks like we're back headed that way Grumbling and the last couple of days were so nice!

@kittriana Looks like you've got a curious helper! My rescue (in avatar) loves to be outside with me and is generally not disruptive. I was building some fencing this morning and every time I sat down to do some wire cutting, I was "helped" with many supportive kisses... Hilarious!
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Jan 11, 2018 6:55 PM CST
Timing was perfect. If I hadn't gotten that done yesterday, I would have been finishing in todays downpours. Still some tweaking, but the norther blew thru here at maybe 430/500pm and temps are going down. Brrr. Doodle kitten has no clue he could potty outdoors, does kinda help not find unwelcome surprises, his older companion does occasionally follow me, but prefers hot sun and dust to laze in.
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Hilarious! that and the 2 noisemakers.
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Gotta go find me a warmer spot now
kitt
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Jan 11, 2018 9:06 PM CST
So anyway, the forecast wasn't exactly correct. Now snow is predicted for tonight with no further mention of Monday. Yet.

It was 60F this morning. Temp kept dropping and the winds were blowing. It's 9 p.m. and 35F. Supposed to drop to the 20s. If my phone is accurate, then we're in for a lot of cold nights and chilly days. So it goes.

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