“Frozen”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
The Deep South is just not supposed to be this cold. I don’t know how people up north make it with so much cold weather. The last few nights have been extremely cold for us, but tonight is supposed to be the last night of unusually cold temps. We should get down to 19 degrees, but I keep hoping it won’t be that bad. Last night was 21 degrees which is about 20 degrees colder than normal. Our highs the last three days have been about 30 degrees below our normal. I know every place seems to be below normal, but with all this cold weather, I wish we would have had a little snow.
The birdbath pictured above is on the side of the house and is frozen solid to a depth of about four inches and this was at mid-afternoon. We are used to having the shallow birdbaths freeze solid, but not this one. I had to go out about four times today to get rid of ice so that our winged visitors would have water to drink. They say that it is just as important during freezing weather for birds to have water as food.
I went out this afternoon to check on the plants (tropicals) that are under protection. So far, things look okay, but I can’t say the same for many plants that are out in the garden. In the past several years, I have tried to plant only things that will survive a zone 8 winter, so I am hoping that most plants will return from their roots in the spring. If they don’t, I try to have the attitude that this will give me the opportunity to plant new things. I had planned on redoing several areas of the garden this spring, therefore, this latest round of extremely cold weather may just give me the clean slate I needed.