Of some interest to you, , , the temperature in
my yard dropped to 13 degrees in mid-November on more than one
occasion. Although we in town were warned of freezing temperatures,
the true low temperatures are not given to us via the media. In
fact, , , the night-time temperature will vary more than what
you see on the weather reports on TV and in the Review Journal
by at least as much as 14 degrees.
I spoke with Sherry Swensk, Ch. 8 weather gal, she mentioned to
me that some of the weather recording devices are placed 5 or
more feet on top of buildings. .
Which buildings? How many stories tall? Perhaps this is to keep
out the vandals? . Does anybody know
for sure about this or why they are not placed closer to where
the people are, , , and the plants grow?
I remember what I learned when I was a little girl, , , heat rises,
that's why my feet are cold.
and perhaps you also, don't really need to know the winter night-time
temperature on top of a building. I would much prefer to know
how cold it is going to get where I walk around and where the
plants grow. This difference in temperature is much more than
a little micro climate in my garden. To me it's a completely different
For instance, this year I may get 500-600 hours
of chill, (this is good), which is important to my fruit tree
production. Perhaps I will also get 200-300 hours of temperatures
below the mid 20's or into the teens & below. Whoops ! ! Bougainvillea
won't survive this for long and the Barrel Cactus might turn into
a big round ice cube. You, however, may barely get a freeze. But
then, , , how will you know what's going on in your yard for sure?
Besides over-watering during the winter dormant season causing the
roots to rot, (similar to drowning a sleeping man), you can find
out if many of your plants don't survive the winter because of unexpected
freezing temperatures. It would be very helpful (money-wise) to
get a High / Low Thermometer to place in your yard. I have several
that I purchased at a clearance sale at Radio Shack several years
ago. What an awakening I received.
. One balmy day when the weather
report stated the low was expected to be in the low 40's around
town I woke up to ice on the ground and the thermometer low as
actually 26 degrees.
Now, , , You can imagine I found this
to be real good information when it came time to purchase
plants. When you go to a nursery and ask what will grow
here, keep in mind they have plants for a variety of temperatures.
. . and you are expected
to know a little
bit about your yard. The soil can be improved, the temperature
cannot. It's better to arm yourself with some temperature
knowledge so the nursery staff can help you.
Please keep in mind that some of the blooming plants you cannot
resist may actually behave like an annual in your yard due to
real cold nights. Buy them anyway and enjoy them for a season
or two, they may be cheaper than a short lived flower arrangement
from the florist.
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