|Brugmansia/Angel's Trumpet 'Charles Grimaldi' after last night's low of 27º|
We are experiencing "a cold snap" here in the Valley with temperatures in the upper 20ºs predicted for the next few days. Although some frost is normal for this time of year, we don't usually get many hard freezes. We had the first frost on Wednesday, but I had already moved the tender succulents and other plants to protected areas. The day before the frost, I covered the sensitive plants that were too heavy to move with burlap that was left over from a couple of years ago. I think I was able to cover most everything that needed protection. All of the nurseries and home centers seem to be sold out of burlap and Frost Cloth.
The citrus farmers are battling the freezing temperatures with irrigation and wind machines in their orchards. So far not too much damage has occurred to their crops.
The large brugmansias are planted in the ground, but they had been heavily mulched a few weeks ago. They will die back but sprout from the roots in spring.