Another way to gauge the extreme of cold temperatures is to look at the leaves on evergreen plants. On Sunday when it was 34 degrees the Rhododendron leaves were horizontal, looking happy.
Monday morning, when it was only 23 they are starting to pull back, like my dog Lila’s ears when I turn the vacuum on.
The Fatsia japonica leaves are another indicator. Sunday they were looking up.
Monday morning not the case.
For a truly pathetic looking plant check out the Euphorbia wulfenii leaves. Saturday they were a little frosty but still in their naturally “fluffy” state.
Not the case on Monday morning.
Sad looking things aren’t they? They were even worse this morning (Tuesday), but hopefully they’ll bounce back and look fabulous in a few days, or weeks, or months. Depending on what lays ahead…
Obviously pools of water are another good indicator of how cold it really is. Monday evening I found that the rainwater in our would-be stock tank pond, that we hadn't gotten around to finishing, was frozen solid. That’s about 6” of solid ice, although in this picture it looks more like amber doesn’t it?
And for the real hard facts…one goes to the thermometer. It was showing an ugly number this morning:
13.8 outside, although after I took this picture it dropped a little more to 13.4, that my friends is simply unacceptable.