We went about enjoying the glorious weather of March, amazed at how the daffodils, tulips, creeping phlox and hyacinth were blooming so beautifully, SO early! I don't watch the news, by choice so if there's weather coming, I get notified on my Smartphone. What I was not expecting when the chime went off was a freeze warning! Not a frost advisory, a FREEZE warning. I get notified almost a full day in advance, so my wheels got turning. Of course the potted perennials would come inside, but what about the others! I couldn't exactly dig them all up and bring them in the house.
Then it hit me, the JEANS.
Here's what I did:
|the top photo is what this looks like covered|
Looked for the most "at risk" of the plants. Many of our plants are protected by other plants, rock beds surrounding them and so forth so they don't get hit by the cold.
This tulip needed a little protection.
I cut the legs into four pieces, tall enough to cover the tulips and others, leaving enough space to fold the top over and clip it with clothespins.
I also recycled some old, cracked transfer pots to cover Steve's exotic hostas...
Here's the results!
|waiting to be covered against the winter-like winds|
I admit the flower bed looked kinda funny with Pant legs sticking up throughout it, but just look at how happy those flowers looked this morning!!
|all wrapped up in denim goodness|
The fleece was used in a similar fashion on a larger container with a variegated Hosta that was too heavy to lug into the house...
Good Morning Sunshine
and Warmer Temperatures
|I think they're smiling!|
Here's how Steve's favorite Hosta (Sum and Substance) fared the chilly night covered with a simple pot we saved.
What I really like about this is it was quick and easy to do! I can just fold them up and stash them with the garden supplies so the next time the weather may not be plant friendly, we can go ahead and cover them up. Some folks use plastic bags, but I like this better because there's some stiffness to the material and that helped keep the protective covering from touching the plant, decreasing the chance that they'd get frost bitten. There were a few plants that suffered damage from an unexpectedly chilly night which we are hoping will recover and really inspired us to go to such lengths...if you'd seen all the things covered, you'd have laughed!! (our backyard is our escape and we wanted to protect it)
What have you recycled or reused lately?