I bet you never thought you would hear about an ‘Arctic Freeze’ in a blog about desert gardening, did you?
Well, like most of the country, we have been suffering from extreme cold. Our cold weather is a result of Arctic air which has settled over much of the US.
Now I realize that we are not as cold as much of the country, but this morning, it was 21 degrees in my garden. My dogs looked up at me quizzically when the encountered their frozen water bucket. Believe it or not, their water bucket was still frozen last night from the night before.
Bone chilling temperatures
Many people who live in the desert are transplants from the midwest and are no strangers to cold weather. But, I cannot say the same. I grew up in Southern California, where the winter temperatures do not get as cold as a normal desert winter.
The ocean’s influence on much of the California weather keeps it from becoming as cold as it does inland.
I know for many of you who live elsewhere in the US, that you have had to deal with bone-chilling temperatures and snow.
Luckily we escaped the snow, although my kids would have loved getting a snow day, which has never happened here. But for my son, Kai, hope springs eternal. He keeps hoping.
I must admit that it has been quite different having to put on my super heavy coat (the one I save when I travel to colder climates), my hand-knit scarf and gloves, just to go outside.
As I drive down the street, I see many front gardens with brown shrubs and trees. Although homeowners are not too happy with the state of many of their plants, the horticulturist in me is interested in seeing how our more frost-sensitive plants recover from our record cold.
In regards to my own plants, I did protect my Lantana, but had to deal with how to keep my towels on my plants without them flying away in our windy weather. I like to think that I am pretty good at improvising when needed and I came up with a solution……
My pantry has been temporarily emptied of my canned food as well as some of my husband’s treasured peanut butter. Hopefully, his peanut butter did not freeze 😉
You know the human tendency to desire what you don’t have? Well, this week, I must admit that I yearned for a hot summer day and the opportunity to soak up some warm sun into my bones.
But the reality is, is that when summer arrives, I will wish for a cold winter’s day.
I do hope you all are keeping warm and safe from all of the ice and snow.
**For those of you in the low deserts, please do not start pruning, yet. More later…..
Here are some great posts from my fellow desert bloggers showing what the cold has done to their gardens: