Dodged a Bullet

“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.



  1. January 18, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Hi Jan, yes it does sounds to bad. ‘Dodge a bullet’ a new phrase for me, we don’t have that in my language. I’m so thankful to learn new things evey day. I wish you a nice Sunday and some warmer weather. We have 0 C and cloudy, but yesterday it was -3 and sunshine from a heavenly blue sky. / Tyra

  2. Jan said,

    January 18, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Tyra, the idiom “to dodge a bullet” means to avoid a very serious situation; I guess it comes from the Old West. It is lightly raining right now and the temperature 56 degrees, but it is supposed to clear up by the afternoon. I hope you start getting a little warmer weather, too.

  3. Mary Beth said,

    January 18, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Jan – We, too, have been having such a warm january that shrubs and trees are budding. I imagine we’ll get a frost or freeze to burn all the beautiful tender growth. Glad to hear you dodged the bullet. That front was supposed to reach us but fizzled out . . . and we got two GLORIOUS days in the garden!

  4. January 18, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    How long does the winter remain? It’s so depressing to see that birdbath. Poor ones! What would they do in the cold?

  5. Jan said,

    January 20, 2009 at 5:48 am

    Mary Beth, I hope your plants don’t get burned. We are probably going to fluctuate between warm and cold for a little while, but I am hoping all the really cold weather stays away.

    Chandramouli, in general, we can get our first freeze November 15 and our last March 1st. We usually don’t get a freeze until mid to late December or January, and our last one is usually around mid February. Most years we will have only one or two hard freezes (sometimes none) and the rest of the time it is fairly mild.

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