Monday, December 26, 2016
2016 has been an unusual year in many ways. Weatherwise we had a lot more rain than the past years. According to SFgate.com, in October this year we had 200-300 times more rain than the typical October average! This December has also been very cold. The temperature has dropped to low 30's Fahrenheit in the Bay Area for this entire week.
My immediate concerns are the plants particularly the young mulberry tree and the passion fruit vine. I can't bring them inside at night. All I can do is cover them up and hope for the best. On the first night the temperature dropped to the 30's, the top tip of mulberry tree got frost damage despite being covered up in a big plastic bag. The passion fruit is holding up better. I have not seen any damage to it. On the second freezing night, I covered the mulberry tree with 2 big plastic bags to make sure all parts were covered.
Unfortunately this morning I found the bags being blown away from the tree! It was freezing and crazy windy last night! The wind had completely blown the bags away from the tree despite all the rocks I used as weights on the bags. Some of the leaves on the tree are turning black. That is not a good sign. I can't wait for this cold temperature to pass. The yard is now a complete mess with mud and covered in fallen leaves and overgrown weeds.