Happy New Year!
We did our usual wings feast and illegal fireworks show.
Yesterday, I drove down the road to poke around in Twig Forest. Twiggy is a 20 acre pine forest jointly owned by the FC's and my brother T.
Three miles down the road and I had not been into it in months!
What I did there is a post to come, (not a very exciting post either), but when I got home at duskthirty, I spotted this.
The poor bedraggled Anna apple tree was in full bloom. Florida is not kind to apple trees and the Anna is one of the few that can make fruit down here in the land of few chilling hours.
In a cruel joke on this tough little tree, the forecast temperature for Wednesday is 17 degrees F (-8.3 C, Rurality).
So these blossoms are toast.
So are my bananas and pineapples if I don't do some major prepwork today. The bananas will lose everything above ground and restart. The pineapples, I'm digging up and potting. Meant to do that anyway.
My baby satsuma is still potted so she's coming inside for the night.
Chewie the pig will get lots of fresh bedding hay and of course her heat lamp will be on.
I am thrilled to have true cold temps by the way. I'm not complaining in the least. This morning the grey funk that has hung over PFHQ for a week has finally cleared off into beautiful clear blue winter skies.
I picked these at Twig Forest yesterday. The red is a native holly, Dahoon. The black berries are gall berries.
Neither of these grow at PFHQ so I brought some berries back for seed starting. I'm thinking of planting a hedgerow along the south edge of PFHQ.
At night, If I squint, I can see my neighbor's porch light far away in the distance, through the forest and it ruins my feeling of isolation. A brushy hedgerow of holly, cedar, farkleberry, and wax myrtle might be just the thing to block out the incandescent intrusion.
Plus, hedgerows are great wildlife habitat and we're all about that here.
But, mainly it's that light that irritates me like a sandspur in my sneakers.