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Good Idea or Bad Idea?
Last year we lost a mature queen palm to the freeze and I am trying to prevent losing my last Queen Palm. The heart had frozen and subsequently rotted from the inside out before. In an attempt to protect my last queen palm from the freeze rolling through Louisiana, I took some preventative measures which may or may not have been a good idea.
Because Christmas just past, I left my LED Christmas lights wrapped around my palm tree. I then took two moving blankets and wrapped the palm from the head of the tree to the roots Then I wrapped a tarp around the moving blankets. The tarp prevents the majority of the water from a rain from reaching the moving blankets, but it is not water tight. The tarp is loose enough that if water does reach the blankets from the head or base of the palm that can hopefully escape during the day.For example, I can reach my arm under the tarp mid way up the trunk to feel if the moving blankets are wet. Most of the time the blankets are dry, but sometimes they are slightly wet. The Palm has been wrapped this way for ten days now.
I have included attachments which include a picture of the palm tree when healthy during the summer, current picture of the palm tree now and the ten day weather forecast for my area. It looks like will be below freezing Tuesday and Wednesday.
Should I stay the course or take alternative actions?
Thank you everyone for your knowledge, wisdom and time as it is greatly appreciated.
Winter solstice 2017
I thought it worth noting that it's the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere today. I like to celebrate the fact that after this, the days get longer even though autumn has come to a close and cold winter has arrived. I'm sure my friends in the southern hemisphere are excited at the arrival of their summer today as well! The good news locally was that we actually got rain in my part of Southern California which was a welcome break after a very dry late autumn which correlated to all the fires. I haven't looked at weather maps to see if Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties were so lucky as to receive some rainfall, but I know it would be a helpful respite in fighting the fires. The locally bad news is the clearing winds from the system passing which turned into a Santa Ana (dry offshore winds. This will not help firefighters.
My garden doesn't seem to mind that it is now winter, it has just sloooowed doooooown a bit on the growth with the cooler night temps and shorter days. How is your garden doing this winter solstice?
Snow in the South
Well this is interesting... How Is everything fairing? We have light flurries right now and may get more, but temps are not suppose to go below 30 degrees F.
Hemiepiphytes for somewhat cold zones? (7b)
Looking for Hemiepiphytes for zone 7b. I was thinking of wightia speciosissima but I don't know any sources or their hardiness.
2017-2018 Winter Continental U.S.
Wondering what this winter is going to be like.
I just noticed on the forecast some significant cold coming in to my area, and it's just not one night. It's coming!
Everyone- feel free to use this thread for 17'-18' winter reports/data/discussion.