Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year....Brrr it's cold!

Happy New Year

I hope everyone had a great new year and got home safe and sound.  We spend a quiet evening with friends and watched the new year on TV.  Doesn't sound exciting I know but it was nice.

California is experiencing it's first really cold weather.  December was wet and warm which was nice but now we are really cold.  Last night was in the 20's and same is expected tonight.  Hopefully the deep chill will stop soon.  I know you East coast people are probably laughing.  But hey, we just aren't used to it.  And neither are the plants.

This is some of the precautions I take.


For the past few years I have wrapped one of my gazebos in 5 mil. plastic.  Inside are shelves stuffed with potted succulents.  Then other's on rolling stands are rolled inside.  I have a table set up inside with a small heater.  This year so that we wouldn't have so many in the garage we bought a small greenhouse.


This is what the gazebo greenhouse looks like inside all stuffed!


The new greenhouse.  I should have gotten a couple more sets of shelves for the sides.  Next year.


I still needed to put plants in the garage.  Geez!


Not at many as normal thank goodness.  I have grown that Madagascar palm from a 4 inch baby.  Wow!


I have a lot of hanging planters this year.  We hung many in the gazebo but the rest are on the table in the garage or hanging like this with the kayak's!  LOL


Outside the plants in the ground are all covered up with frost cloth.  It's crazy!


Now really who does this?  LOL



Water trough cover up!  You can use sheets and blankets in a pinch.  But if it rains they will do more harm than good.  They will absorb the water and freeze.  Then you will have this frozen cloth laying on your plants.  Not good!  Believe me I tried this method and lost a lot of plants.





I resorted to small paint cans to hold down the frost cloth.


I was given this umbrella greenhouse by a vendor at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.  It was a thank you for buying many tillandsias.  I am curious as to whether it will keep these succulents safe.  They are cuttings so time will tell.


These plants are now all covered up with frost cloth.

So I hope you all are keeping warm.  And I am curious to hear of any new year resolutions you might have.  I want to lose weight and get rid of excess (stuff) in the house.

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More) said...

Wow, you really do cover almost everything. Since I'm gone, nothing has been getting covered at my house. But I think in Davis the low has only been 31°F so not bad.

michaele said...

Your total commitment is positively deserve to be well rewarded for your (and, no doubt, your hubby's) amazing efforts. All I can say is WOW, just WOW. Best of luck!

danger garden said...

Indeed while your temps aren't all that crazy the fact you don't regularly have them makes it hard for the gardener to cope. I hope everything is fine.

Oh and wow, great job with that Madagascar palm, from a 4" pot? That's incredible.

Mark and Gaz said...

Your efforts will definitely pay off in keeping your babies safe Candice. Happy New Year!

Liza said...

It's so sweet of you to give extra care to all your outdoor plants! I'm sure they appreciate the help!

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thanks everyone! I do love my succulents!

Julie said...

Oh goodness! So much work, Candy! Well worth it tho, to have all your gorgeous babies!!!!! They are all so beautiful!!!!
Happy winter to you and Stan! Happy new year too!!!!!

Jess said...

Wow Candy, you really love your succulents don't you?? I'm truly amazed by your dedication to keeping them from alive and happy in the cold. I don't know if I could do it myself! :)

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

It takes a lot of love that is for sure.

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

It takes a lot of love that is for sure.