Post last updated: October 10th, 2018

I should award myself a Dingbat Certificate. I went to all the trouble to mostly clean out the green house and then fill it with many of my favorite potted plants.

The weatherman threatens a hard freeze with the possibility of 9 hours of 28 degree temperatures in my neck o’ the woods. Tuesday, I ran around the yard with my “dead body” sheets to cover up the rest of my beauties until the yard truly did look like a crime scene.

My two-year-old Meyer Lemon tree, with it’s first fruits, was hauled inside the greenhouse after much dragging, grunting and groaning.

Meyer Lemon - first crop
Meyer Lemon – first crop
Three really huge lemons
Three really huge lemons
Used my hand to demonstrate size
Used my hand to demonstrate size

So what do I do? I forget to close two of the greenhouse windows. I forget to turn on the heater or any of the heat lamps. It would have been easier to leave everything out in the cold.

32 thoughts on “DINGBAT CERTIFICATE”

  1. Oh, you poor woman. I had to laugh about it, I could not help it.
    All that work you went through in that cold yard and getting it all together….except for the most important part of it.!!!!!
    I had to laugh, but only because it was something I might have done too.
    Commiserating with you, my dear.

    It is going to be cold again tonight, but I am sure that everything will be hunky-dory in your greenhouse tonight.

    1. It’s okay that you laffed, Meta. I’m the Queen of Stupid and I’m sure my adventures make everyone feel better about themselves. So glad you could commiserate with me, though. I was pretty miffed at myself. I still didn’t turn on the heat in there but I’ve got a heat lamp and another lamp on and ALL the windows closed. My two cats are driving me nuts tonight. They are both inside and that NEVER goes well.

  2. Oh, no! Beautiful lemon tree, though. I gotta get me one. By the way, my folks’ tangerines have probably made it through this freeze. I hope so. Vitamin D is best when consumed via Florida-grown citrus. I don’t think that’s a scientific fact, but it should be!

  3. Linda, my Fire spike plant is already black and so are some of my ferns. So don’t you beat yourself up. You gave your plants some cover. I didn’t do anything for my ferns and Fire Spike. My lemon tree is in the ground and I didn’t cover it. This year whatever happens happens. Look, I need one of those certificates, too. I have to drive downtown once a month. For the last three months, I have taken the wrong way off of 95 coming out of downtown and ended up on Beach Blvd. I’m hoping number 4 in December will be the time I remember correctly. I wouldn’t bet on it though. Ha.

    1. Betty — My coleus are black – didn’t cover them. My Firebush doesn’t look too healthy, either. Haven’t checked my Fire Spike. Could you put the car on auto-pilot when you enter the I-95 ramp? I don’t go that way often but I think there are 3 choices/splits. When all else fails, read the signs!!!!

  4. I hope being inside where the frost couldn’t fall on them protected your plants. We sure had an early freeze, two days in succession to boot. I hope spring comes early.

    I move big pots using a furniture dolly. The kind with big wheels will roll right on across grass and up the hill.

  5. Oh, no! I hope simply being inside with the other plants offered enough protection. Those lemons are amazing and make my mouth pucker up just looking at them!

  6. Sis, you did not think of the furniture dolly to move the big plants because if there is an easy way and a hard way, you always choose the hard way. Lorraine says the cold makes her grapefruits sweeter, not sure if it does anything for lemons. Of course two days of cold might be too much.

    1. Priss — Howard, Evie’s boss, has a lemon tree and he says they need a spot of cold to make them better. I’m sure they got that with those greenhouse windows being open on one side. One of these days, just before I leave this earth, I’m gonna smarten up.

  7. Take some free advice and plant that poor puppy in the ground. It will be much happier, you won’t have to tote it around, and the cold won’t affect it. I planted a Meyers about ten years ago about half that size. I “top” it regularly to keep it at four and a half feet tall. And it’s got two dozen lemons on it now. It’s never been covered in winter but gets citrus fertilizer once a month Feb. thru Nov. I even had a cardinal build a nest in it!

    1. Tess – I know it would do better in the ground. It would take off! But it doesn’t have the protections of a suburban yard. Your yard is fenced all the way around which protects the plants from cold and wind. I just don’t have that.

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