“Dodged a Bullet”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
The weather service was predicting two nights of hard freezes for this past Thursday and Friday nights. With all the warm weather we have been having, so many plants have broken dormancy and have started sprouting out. I have written recently about all the flowers that are blooming now, some almost a month early. Needless to say, I was very concerned about losing the plants that were putting out so much new growth. This meant that I needed to protect from a freeze many more plants than usual. I have the covering up or bringing in all my tropicals down pat, but now I had to cover plants which can take a freeze if there has been no warm up.
On Thursday night, we got a break because the cold front went to the east of us and some clouds rolled in, so it turned out to be only a light freeze (30 degrees) that lasted only about 2 hours. The weather people then said that would not be the case Friday night. Again, a hard freeze was supposed to be imminent. Since the daytime temperatures were in the low 40’s and the sky was cloudless, it seemed that once the sun went down, we would get that freeze for sure.
Sure enough, by nightfall the temperatures started dropping fast. But then about 10 o’clock, the temperatures suddenly stopped falling so quickly, and then stopped falling altogether. Evidently some clouds had started to filter in and saved the day (night). We did have a light freeze of only a few hours. Some impatiens got nipped, and one birdbath had a thin film of ice on it, but that was all. It took a while to pick up all the coverings and replace plants back outside, but I didn’t mind. Everything made it through just fine, even the tropicals. When you consider that so many areas are experiencing record cold, we really dodged a bullet with our weather, and I am so thankful.