It’s the second garden update of the year and I still don’t have much of an update. Other than the fact that we got snow. Again. For the third time this season. I read online that this is only the second time in history that the Houston area has gotten snow three times.
While it’s neat and fun, it’s been wreaking havoc on our plants. We took the covers off the plants for a week, only to have to put them back on before the temperatures started to drop again.
Then, as we kept watching the weather, it was predicted to have freezing rain and possible snow on Tuesday. Of course, we kept a watch over everything as the conditions started to deteriorate. By 5 pm on Monday, the local school district decided to cancel school for Tuesday because of the high potential for ice on the roads. This coming after an already long weekend because of the MLK holiday.
At first, I wasn’t sure why they canceled until the rain started at about 9 am. It wasn’t even raining at that point, it was so cold that it was actually sleet. But it was coming down hard, like a summer rain shower. And it didn’t stop for hours.
Eventually, around 2 in the afternoon, the freezing rain switched to snow. There were a few times that it was barely snowing, and others that you could really see the snow falling.
We never got the buildup like we did when it snowed last month, but it stuck around much longer. In fact, we are going on three days now with snow/ice on the ground. Schools in the area were closed both Tuesday and Wednesday because the temperatures never got above freezing, meaning the roads were still icy.
Yes, friends up north were laughing that Texas was basically shutting down because of the tiny amount of ice, but this area is just not equipped to handle it. We don’t have the trucks to salt the roads or the plows or anything else.
Anyways, all this to explain why I don’t have much of an update for the garden. We had to cut back most of the plants when it started to get cold, and now everything is either dead, dying, or covered. And since we still haven’t been able to take the blankets off of the plants yet, we aren’t sure what happened to the ones that are covered.
We are hoping that most of the plants will be resilient enough to come back once the weather stops dipping below freezing. The only thing we are worried about is how well the blankets and sheets protected the plants. It all got soaked in the freezing rain and then became covered in ice. The covers may not have done much of anything at this point.
I do have to say, this is one thing I never thought I would really have to worry about when planting a garden in the Houston area. We love our tropical plants and having a lot of green in the backyard. This cold weather has turned everything brown and it doesn’t look like my warm summer backyard anymore. The temperatures have been ridiculous lately, and I hate it. I hate the cold. I’m tired of how dry the air has been. I am over having to put on so many layers just to go from the car to the school.
Next weekend I am headed to South Florida for a quick getaway to watch my cousin get married, and the weather is going to be perfect for me. Friday and Saturday have a high of 80 degrees, so I can finally warm up for a few days!