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Frozen Plants: A Tale of Sadness

We are in Mississippi, so we don't have a lot of cold weather. We always have some cold weather in the winter, but our Fall flowers do fine with that. However, around the Christmas holidays, our temperature quickly dropped by 50 degrees into single digits and didn't get above freezing for several days. Plants had no time to prepare for the cold and.... many died.

This is what our container flowers looked like before the freeze. Usually, we plant these flowers in the Fall and enjoy them until it's time to plant our summer flowers in April or May. This year it's just not meant to be. We were closed over the Christmas holidays and returned in January to find.....










This.....

The plants are completely dead. The advice from horticulturalists is to wait and see before pulling them out. We watered them and hoped something would survive and be able to grow, but no. There's no saving them and they won't recover. The garden centers we've called don't have any plants to replace them with and they probably would not be able to establish well before the hot temperatures of late Spring anyway. *Sniff*


If you have trees or shrubs with freeze damage, it's best to wait a a few weeks and see what happens. They may come back out and recover or they may need a heavy pruning. It may take a while to know the extent of the damage and it depends on the plant. This unexpected killing freeze causes us deep sadness every day. Normally, we have beautiful flowers on the porch all winter that we enjoy. We ooh and aah. We take pictures of them to share on our Facebook page to bring joy to others. We miss their beauty. This is a stark reminder that gardening is loss sometimes. Plants die. Disappointments happen. The surprising truth is that in spite of all of this, we want to try again. We can't wait to buy more plants. Spring is just around the corner.

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