Thursday, January 24, 2013
It's So Cold That...
We headed out this morning at 9:00AM and it was cold, too cold! As I sat bundled up but shivering in the car, the temperature on the dash registered 2 degrees. As it turned out that was the balmy temperature where the sun was shining directly on the car. When we headed down the lane the numbers dropped steadily finally reaching - 3. I shudder to think how low it actually got last night. Any gardening to be done when it is like this will be inside. I watered the rosemary and ran my hand over the leaves of the plant to get that lovely fragrance.
I used my kitchen shears to give the lemon grass a haircut. Running your hands over this plant would be a bad idea. The leaves have very sharp edges, but they make a nice cup of tea and add wonderful flavor when cooking.
While we were out we stopped and picked up some insecticidal soap. Last week it was warm enough that Ed took the lemon verbena plants outside to rid them of white flies. With this kind of cold any battles with the bugs will have to be fought indoors. A treatment that kills the patient isn't very helpful!