For all my US friends… that translate into 99F… it’s been warm up here in zone6B. For the last week, we’ve been dealing with very warm (mid to high 90’s) and humid (dewpoints in the mid 70’s) weather! Not that that’s a problem… I love it! (with air conditioning for sleeping of course). However, with that kind of heat and humidity, you are bound to get storms… and that we did. Funny, after the cold front went through, its still decently warm. 🙂 I think we hit 27C (81F)… but much lower humidity. Regardless, it is the passing of the cold front that is topic of this post!
Yesterday evening around 6:30 ish, the sky looked like this. An hour later, the heaven’s unleashed. From 7:30 till 1:00 am, we were pounded by severe storms! Sustained winds at points around 50kph (30mph) but gust up to 110kph (65mph) maybe even higher. I recorded 10.6 cms (4.2 inches) of rain and the thunder and lightning show was very impressive (and loud)! about 200,000 customers in southern Ontario were without power (not us, we were lucky) and there were many trees down and debris all over the place… lots of folks had unanticipated yard work this morning.
Ok, so you ask… “why are you telling us about this.. what does this have to do with Sarracenia or Carnivorous plants?”
Pictures say more than words!
One of the joys of outdoor culture is that you are at the mercy of mother nature! As you can see… she had no mercy! The plants weren’t too happy with the wind (and rain).
At this point, I’m looking for some advice. I don’t want to chop off all the leaves that have been blown over because I’m sure that will have a negative effect on the plant. So my thoughts are to remove them over time. Many of the oreos, flava and leucos are putting up phylodia. So maybe, as the phylodia are produced I can take off a few leaves here and there. As for the others, I think I’m going to remove the “downed” leaves as new ones come up… I’m open for suggestions here!
Oh on a happy note… I have a magnolia grandiflora tree out front. For those of you in warmer climates, especially the southeast US, you know this tree well. Large evergreen leaves and super fragrant, giant flowers. Truly the magnolia of the “ol’ south” in my estimation! As I like pushing the climate boundaries, I put one of these in 5 years ago or so… and its been doing great! Nice to see the green leaves in the dead of winter against the snow! Anyway, it finished blooming last week… nine blooms this year! The flower below is about 25cm (10 inches) across!