We as Texans have experienced the worst cold of the century. Here in Seminole, Tx. it went down to temps which were just not normal for this area. Being raised in Canada you are aware of how to drive in these conditions even how to dress in layers but Texas is not prepared for weather to this extreme for so long. When your electricity goes out and you don't have a backup plan that can become a bad situation. We were fortunate to have had water the whole time due to protecting our pipes beforehand. Here in this rural area we look out for another and many who needed help were supplied with what they needed. We live in a great community.
Blumenflor prepared by taking the most vulnerable shrubs and trees into the metal building. Mulching trees etc. When the temps stayed under 20F for up to a week we saw that it was impossible to save the main greenhouse. We lost all of our Mother plants due to the propane heaters not keeping up with the cold. We only have single plastic because we are in Texas. The best we could do was keep it 8 degrees warmer than outside.
We have a growing chamber where the peppers and tomatoes were already coming up. That was our main priority in keeping that heated enough to survive.
So looking forward we have a huge clean up the next few days and a waiting period to see what pulled through and what didn't.
We are not going to wallow in losing a few plants but look forward to start fresh and be thankful for a new day with sunshine and warmth again.
Many of our suppliers held off in sending plant material which we are thankful for.
Spring is coming and we will be ready again for all those gardeners itching to get into their gardens.
The bright side of all this... many bugs and pests have also perished!
Here's to a great growing year of 2021!