Monday, April 6, 2009

Sheets: Not just for beds and ghost costumes!

I'm a little impatient. Luckily, this year the only tender thing I planted outside before our last frost date was a bed of these bush beans:
A few weeks later, sure enough, it's going to freeze tonight! Luckily, I have a plan to protect this bed - an old sheet! (Get it? Sheet... bed...)
I also covered the young blueberry bushes with pillowcases:
There are tons of baby blueberries on these bushes. I lost a few in the covering process, but could lose a lot more if the exposed plants were subjected to frost.
I also covered some newly planted hydrangeas, just to be on the safe side, and my bed of strawberries - I didn't want to risk losing the baby berries or the profusion of blooms. Keep your fingers crossed with me!

7 comments:

Susie said...

Girl you know I'm feeling your pain. Your blue berry bushes do look like little ghosts dancing in the bed.

I came home from work and immediately went to the beds to cover some plants too. I hope it doesn't get as cold as they predict.

Ginger said...

Susie- I'm hoping everything will be OK as long as the frost doesn't touch the plant surfaces - surely the extra cold temperatures won't last long enough to cause more serious damage?!
Hope you and your plants stay warm!

Becca's Dirt said...

I am new to your blog and I like what I see. You have some very nice posts. Your yard looks very good. Hey my daughter lives in Byram and I was there this past weekend. Saturday you couldn't ask for better. I live in Citronelle (Mobile) AL. Glad I found your blog.

Dirt Princess said...

LOL!! My yard looked like I murdered 100 ghosts last night!!! I was calling everyone I know asking to borrow old sheets. When I called gardeners they would tell me they were using all of theirs. When I called non-gardeners they would ask why I needed old sheets!!!

I can help you with your wishlist:
I will root you my blue clematis
I have: 2 dogwoods (small), creeping phlox, crinum lilly (but I don't know what kind yet...not sure the color)

Just let me know

Sande said...

Never thought about using pillowcases - very cute, very good idea. My granddaughters would love dressing the plants for me!

Jen said...

I had fun last night. The blog is awesome.

Ginger said...

Becca,
Thanks! I love meeting other southern garden bloggers - I learn so much from y'all!

D.P. - OMG I would be so excited if you would root me some of your clematis!!

Sande - Thanks for stopping by! I used pillowcases, sheets, throws --pretty much everything lightweight I could find -- I know the neighbors thought it was crazy!

Jenny - It was so awesome to see y'all. Like old times!!! Thanks again for meeting me :)