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A Rescue, No-ID Iris. 5.21.19
I saw the girl closest to my tree scraping ice from her windshield and told her I was sorry for putting it on there. I explained what I was doing and said no more frost was predicted for the next 6 days.
She was OK with it. She didn't even think it was me that did it. Just the natural frost that sometimes forms on a freezing morning. She now probably thinks it was part my misting that did it after I told her what I was doing.
Spud, without spraying your tree looks outstanding; with spraying, it is like seeing a magical fairy tree. I'm glad no one parked near it and that they know why you need to use this precaution. That way, they can choose to park or not park near your tree and you are free to spray or not, as your need changes. The choice is up to them.
I should tell them that after tomorrow morning, I won't be misting the tree again unless a freeze is predicted.
No one parked there last night. The one that usually parks there, parked 30 feet away. I don't know any of them and probably should talk to them about it.
The temperature this morning was 2 or 3 degrees warmer than yesterday, so the icicles on the tree are much smaller and there'e very little branch bending.
Let's hope the misting worked. Perhaps your neighborhood girl will park somewhere else in the future. Are you on speaking terms?
I put out 12 tomato plants this weekend (all different varieties) and hope we don't get a frost. None is forecast for 10 days.
The misting should save at least half of my apricots.
I've never tried this before on anything I wanted to save, but I did do a test on the last of some tomatoes in the fall when the temperature got down to 20 F. They were covered with ice, but when it thawed, they were still alive.
Freezing temperatures were forecast for this morning and the next two mornings so I stared misting the apricot tree last evening and turned it off at 3:30.
It produced lots of big icicles on the tree and bent a lot of the branches down, but it doesn't look like there are any broken.
Several of the girls that live across the street have been gone for several days, so I hoped they wouldn't return for another 3 days, but they did and one of them parked by the tree. The breeze mostly went the opposite direction so only half of her windshield has ice on it.
It got down to 27 F this morning.
Impressive, Spud! My apricot trees didn't blossom this year for some reason. Not that it matters--I never get any apricots anyway.
I have "fruit sprayed" trees twice already.
I'll be looking for 2 new fruit trees to replace the two that died--pear and peach.
Your tree looks beautiful!
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Spud, I enjoy your posts and look forward to reading them when I find them in my mail. Let's hope the late frosts don't kill your fruit.
How are you doing? What will you be planting this year?
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