Bulbs in the snow

Lee Poulsen wpoulsen@pacbell.net
Mon, 13 Mar 2006 11:53:29 PST
On Mar 12, 2006, at 6:07 PM, Susan Hayek wrote:

>> woody plants had survived the recent freeze, and someone sitting near 
>> me
>> commented that he had no right to say that so soon after the freeze. 
>> Quite
>> right! It takes a while to see the real results of low temperature in
>> winter. I am not counting my hebes until I see them next July.
> **heheheheheh.
> My species fuchsias are looking pretty sad, same with my tall 
> impatiens.
> The cannas and colocasia are down to the ground and even my tree
> dahlias got frozen pretty badly.
> I slipped out on the cold nights and covered the Lachenalias with
> towels, most of them are looking good.

This is the coldest it has been all winter. This is more typical of 
January cold weather. The weather service says the last time it got 
this cold this late in the year in California was back in 1896. A few 
leaves on my bananas got radiation frosted and look dead, but none of 
the bulbs show any sign that they minded the weather even though we 
have had frost on the lawn and the cars every morning for the past few 
days. (The air temperature was only in the mid- to high-30s °F at 

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USDA Zone 10a

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