Monday, February 10, 2014

Gardening Blues...too cold to garden!

Cold. For Days.
Weeks.
Really cold.
It was in the teens at night this past month - maybe even an occasional middle of the night single digit disaster. Snow that feel more than a week ago is still clustered in dingy piles at the edges of parking lots.

That kind of winter weather is not a huge problem if you are gardening north of Zone 7, where this sort of thing is expected.  The pines, like this one - so beautifully frosted with ice - are not bothered a pinch.

Not so nice for my figs and Loquats, Pineapple Guava (Feijoa), bananas and kiwi here in Baha Virginia Beach.

As the first very temporary thaws are coming through, I'm assessing the damage to the tender fruit plantings around the farm.

It ain't pretty.

The Loquats (Eriobotrya japonica) are hit hard, with browned out and withered foliage.  No question that the little fruits just beginning to form from December's blossoms are not going to make it.  There won't be a Loquat harvest this year.   {{{ sigh }}}

Bananas are dead to the ground - maybe even further. Depends on how the basal growth fares. No fruits, obviously, but maybe the foliage will come back.  Ours never have fruited but that doesn't keep each year from being a disappointment....

The Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana) look badly burned but they will still flower and fruit in the summer. This is leaf damage so far, not anything worse.

I'll be doing a careful check of the figs next to see how badly the tips have been desiccated.  I don't think we'll be doing cuttings this year, but we'll see.


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