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Tropical Zone wannabe gets snow in Texas

Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

We got a couple of inches of snow yesterday. It is the earliest we've ever had snow in Texas, now two years in a row! I hope this doesn't become a habit! haha!

Fortunately my son hung the plastic around the 10 X 13 patio and all of the tender tropicals were brought in there. We're still recooperating from the move!

I'll get pictures of the makeshift patio greenhouse and post them later!

Happy Holidays everyone!



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Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

Let it snow!

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Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

A Winter Wonderland!

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Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

Front yard

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Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

Accumulation on vehicles

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Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

Another front angle

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Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

One more back yard

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Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

Patio makeshift 10 X 13 ft greenhouse

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Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

Different angle patio

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Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

Plants a little warmer now

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Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

More plants.... They're not organized or placed artistically in any fashion....just crammed in there. We were in a hurry. They can be moved later....maybe.

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Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Beautiful snow pics! And I love your temp. gh on the patio! Might have to copy that if it keeps freezing here.

Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

Thanks bigbubbles!

It works! It is so much less than trying to purchase a GH. I had to buy new plastic this year as I had stored the other plastic in the shed and it molded. I had used it three years, so I got my money's worth out of it! This year when I take it down I'll be sure to put it in the arts and crafts closet.

Did you get snow? Please post your pics!

noonamah, Australia

Nice snow photos, but I do prefer to see that type of scenery in photos :O)

Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

Me too!

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

No snow that stuck....just a few flurries. What kind of plastic did you use...roll kind or ...? It sure makes a great temporary enclosure. I like that you can open it like a shower curtain when it gets warm. Very clever!

noonamah, Australia

Since having joined DG I've learned a bit about the USDA zone system. Previously I'd seen references to it but a series of numbers on their own don't have a lot of meaning. This system is based on how cold a place can get. There's another system for palms and it's based on where particular species can grow (Geoff Stein - "Palmbob" - on DG was involved in developing it). There's also a 'heat zone' system based on how hot it can get, ie how many days of the year on average will go above 30C (converts to about 86F). That one's not used much. The big thing all these systems ignore is human nature. People will always try to grow things that are not supposed to grow. My gardens are full of plants that are very dependent on my intervention. In all this there are many successes, but also too many failures. I guess that's why the gardening businesses that sell these plants are often flourishing better than our gardens.

Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

This is true! Here it rarely gets below 25F, and then only approx four times a year and usually for only a few hours at a time. During the summer however, we are usually in the mid 90'sF and on occasion reach the high 90's. Most tropicals do well here, except that from Dec to March 17 or so they have to be protected.

We use Industrial strength or heavy duty 70 X 78 shower curtains. In the front they are doubled. On the sides the Hawaiian Scheffelera is so high on each side that it helps block the wind. On the one side the shed also helps block it.

In the past we have also enclosed the hut and even covered the swingset frame last year before the new patio cover had been installed.

Tues. it is supposed to be 70 again. At least we can open them if we need to to get some air.

There is ventilation below and above the curtain so we do not use a fan. So far we have not needed a heater. This is about the fourth year we have done this.

Most of the plants that were brought in usually line the patio, so we didn't have to far to move them.

Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico(Zone 11)

Brrrrrr!! I agree that snow is best seen on calendars and xmas cards. That poor banana with snow on it, makes me cold to look at it. Houston getting snow has been on all the news, even down here in Mexico. I don't know if we are getting the remains of your storm or what but it was overcast and cold here today. Cold is relative, we had a high of about 80f but it felt cold.

Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Hi Jeane, I love that tropical hut!

Amen! tropicbreeze, well said, and that's why I have all these plants that "don't grow here"

The Jungle did take a hit, but so far it's all cosmetic.

Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

Good to hear from both of you! I would love for it to be 80 here!

Randy, sorry to hear the jungle took a hit....hope everything will be OK!

Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Oh, it is fine! mostly cosmetic

Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

Ours too! Banana leaves will come back in the Spring!

Hillsborough , NC(Zone 7a)

Lovely pics Jeanne, but so glad it's not me!

Bigbubbles, Jeanne's greenhouse was a huge success - such a clever idea, and worked so well for her. There is a thread where she shows pics of it somewhere...sorry I don't have time to look for it right now.

Jeanne, glad to hear that you are feeling better, and glad you are back posting! Sometimes I wonder where all the "old guys" are and how they are doing. Perhaps they will post and let us know what they are up to nowadays.

Xai Xai, Mozambique

Hey everybody!
Jeanne, i LOVE your greenhouse - or should i say hut - its really a great idea. i have never seen snow personally, and i would like to one day. but i don't want to live there, just see it. i hope all your tropical plants survive. and well said, Tbreeze. unfortunately i have had more failures than success, so for now i am sticking to indigenous.
haha, i don't suppose i am one of the "old timers," now am i, Bhmom? i also am glad, Jeanne, that you are back and posting. you are a valuable person on this forum.
Isaac

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

Hey, Jeanne. Thank you for posting pictures of the snow on the tropicals. We had the same thing here but I didn't get out the camera. Everything looks really sad but I know it is only temporary. Didn't see your thread about island want-to-be and I also posted something similar. Listening to Brudda IZ sing "Wish Upon A Star" at this moment. Finally coming back to life. For a long time I didn't want to live.
You're correct, Isaac, she is a special and valuable friend.

PK

Hillsborough , NC(Zone 7a)

Middlin' old Isaac!

Xai Xai, Mozambique

lol...

Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

I have a message from Jeanne on my phone yesterday.
She request prayers, she is in the hospital. Tests are underway to locate an unidentified blood loss she is experiencing.
Rj

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

Oh dear. Did she say what hospital?

KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

Prayers being sent from up here. Keep us updated on her condition.

Hillsborough , NC(Zone 7a)

Dear Jeanne,

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Get well soon!

Xai Xai, Mozambique

Oh dear!!! i hope she gets better soon! please let us know if you hear anything about her again.
isaac

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

I am no doctor but my cousin was in the hospital for over a week while they looked for blood loss. Turns out it was the "baby" aspirin he took everyday for a just in case thing so he wouldn't have a heart attack. He is almost 90 and has never had a heart attack even after stopping the aspirin some 16 years ago. Just a thought.

Christi

Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for your prayers! I was in San Jacinto Hosp. here in Baytown. I was very weak, short of breath, chest pain, and my heart would just pound out of my chest when I so much as walked to the mailbox. Then it would happen more often, harder, until Friday eve it did it three times in about 2 hours, so I decided that after a month it was time to go to ER! We went quickly!

They got me right in and did an EKG which showed Tachecardia (SP?). They took blood, CBC, chest XRAY, and said very quickly that I had lost 4 pints of blood. I had just been to my Dr's a month ago and they had taken blood, and everything was OK. (so I thought)

They put me in ICU and transfused in the 4 pints. The next day my heart had calmed down enough to be moved to a reg. room. I was so excited, only to find out they had an ALARM on my bed, and because I was classified a "FALL RISK" .I had to have assistance to get up or the alarm went off!. What a downer! So for the next couple of days I was confined to the bed! UGH!

My daughter was there with me the entire time, so they finally turned off the alarm.
Free-dom!!!!!!! I still continued to wear the portable heart monitor.

I had the greatest Cardiologist, Gastro, and primary care DR's. They were so compassionate and let me know straight up how serious the situation was. My blood had been at 5.2 and it only takes a 5.0 to turn "blue". They were very concerned. I explained to them that it was OK......!!!!! I had got there in plenty of time. I had "missed the bus to heaven"!!. I was fine. There was no "Out of body experiences.....NO bright lights..... I'm still HERE!

I came into this world LATE, I'm sure not leaving EARLY! Not to worry! When It's my time I'm ready, but it just was not NOW!

They did tests and I have 3 very large ulcers. They will do a colonoscopy later, but do not want to overstress my heart right now. My Mom is a colon cancer surviver of 8 years. She too lost 4 pints of blood in 2001 before finding out that she had cancer. I have had the test twice....once had polops removed the second was clear. I am "due" for another test again...which we will do in about two weeks.

I have new meds. I am off all aspirin and blood thinners. I have to have a CBC frequently. If it gets down to an 8 then I will have to have another pint of blood that they will do as an "Outpatient". At first they thought that I had lost all of the blood over a month, but come to find out, my Dr had not done a CBC last month so I had lost it over a 6-9 mo. period or longer. However, I had lost it faster than my body could make it.

I had excellent care the whole time. Everyone there was the greatest. I came home yesterday. I am taking it easy.

We are going to my daughter's for Christmas dinner, so I will be RESTING between now and then. I had Christmas shopped before I went into the Hospital, so am pretty well done.

Thank you Randy for posting the message! You are the greatest!
Thank you all for your prayers. It is sincerely appreciated!! Merry Christmas to all and to ALL a GOOD Night!

Jeanne.

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Xai Xai, Mozambique

Oh my goodness, Jeanne!!!
i am so glad and thankful that you are going to be alright!! prayers were answered. We are all thinking of you, and will continue to pray for your speedy recovery.
take care,
isaac

Hillsborough , NC(Zone 7a)

Oh Jeanne,

What a time you have had! Thinking of you every day and hoping you are able to get as much rest as possible. Something like that brings home the fact that life can change in an instant - thank goodness you got to the hospital when you did.

^_^

Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

Jen, Isaac,

Thank you for your prayers! They are sincerely appreciated! I am resting!

Aloha!
Jeanne

Desoto, TX(Zone 8a)

Well, dadgum. Wrote a long reply earlier and looks like I didn't hit "send". Do that all the time. Shorten it to say I love you very much and will continue praying that you heal real soon. CHRISTmas is no time to be ill. My bananas and sago are still going strong. Thank you for your generosity. Are you still building on your doll house?

Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

Christi,
I haven't done anything to the doll house since last Spring. It needs dusting bad but it will have to wait.

Thank you for your prayers! It is sincerely appreciated.
Jeanne

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