the big freeze

We’ve had some record low temperatures this past week- all of Phoenix has. Our yard happens to be in an especially cold spot- we think that there used to be a “wash” or arroyo ran through our property- and as part of that, we still get the cold winds that cross our backyard- a definite cold spot. There are other ones in the valley too- someone said that the same holds true for 19th avenue running north-south through central Phoenix. It’s pretty amazing how  many microclimates exist- once you become aware of how vegetation varies from one site to another…

Anyway, at our little green house farm, the temperatures dipped to 17 degrees at some points. And since out citrus are still fairly young, and we’re the sort to be overprotective of anything growing, we’ve been covering the trees with sheets, and lighting them with Christmas lights, in an effort to keep them from dying from the cold. We’ve got about ten or so citrus lining the west edge of our property- a lisbon lemon, meyer lemon, blood orange, tangelo, satsuma mandarin, kumquat, yuzu, cocktail grapefruit, among others. Unfortunately, the only xmas lights we’ve got around the house are the twinkling kind- which means they lose a lot of efficiency as far as heating. But it’s kind of pretty, and oddly festive- a parade of christmas ghosts coming to life as the sun goes down and twilight arrives…

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