My Neighbor Has EEYORE On Her Sheets!

Floridians love their winters, daytime temperatures in the 70s, nights in the 40s.  But that’s why we moved here, right!  There’s lots of sunshine, palm trees swaying in the breezes, very little rain.  Beautiful, almost perfect.

Then, there are those days and nights that are really winter.  Really!  Or I should say, winter for a Floridian.  Freezing nights down to the 20’s degree temperatures.  Even 30 degrees makes us shiver, and brings on the coats and sweaters and fires in the fireplace.  These cold temperatures freeze our precious flowers, palms, fruits and vegetables.  So, we have a plan.  Sheets … cover to protect those living things that are special, or in my thinking, plants that are expensive that you want to protect from the cold.

So we all go out and spread sheets all over our delicate plants and make our yards look ridiculous.

Now, when I took biology, which was too many years back to really remember, I think I was taught that flora does not produce heat.  So, even if I put my wool coat over my roses, they will still freeze … or at least that is my theory.

So, at our house, Reddy came up with an additional strategy.  Christmas lights.  Brilliant idea!  Glowing balls of sheet-covered plants all over our yard all night long and into the early daylight hours.  Ridiculous but effective to a degree, no pun intended.

We now know our neighbors in a completely different way, through their discarded sheets.  We see what was popular as their children grew up, the decor of their bedrooms from years past.  Some make us even giggle a little as we drive past their houses.  So far, we are the only ones in our neighborhood with Christmas light glowing under the sheets.

Sheets are also work: putting them down, picking them up, folding, putting away for the next freeze.  WORK!  And, frequently we end up cutting back the dead plants, laying hands on them with a silent prayer that there is some life left somewhere in the root system.  Sometimes we just have to replace the plant and go on with our lives.  But, sometimes our protective maneuvering works to save our precious greenery, and with a little loving trimming and care we can enjoy our yards again for another year.

January is also Camellia and orange season.  Camellias are a real gift to us during winter.  They are blooming all over the Orlando area.  Oranges are ready for picking providing that extra boost of Vit C we all need this time of year.

During the 60 and 70 degree days we tend to see flowers in the nurseries and as we walk down a familiar street at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

So, take heart.  Spring is coming to the north, someday.  If you’re fed up with snow and ice, just come on down.  You may just see some bed sheets spread all over my yard.

The matriarch of Live Pretty, Roseddy, lives with her husband and children in Orlando, Florida. She is a native of Waynesburg, PA, but she has called the Sunshine State home for over thirty years. In addition to being a fantastic cook, Roseddy is an accomplished seamstress and former Home Economics instructor. Her flower arranging talents are the stuff of legend, and she is a valued member of her church’s altar guild. Roseddy enjoys entertaining, traveling with her husband, and, of course, a good martini.

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