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Greetings from Bluffton, SC
Posted by BlufftonPalms on 1/8/2018, 12:17 am
I've been viewing this site for years, but not contributing. I've been thinking that right about now would be a great time to share, and get some moral and emotional support, lol. I've lived in Bluffton for 20 years and have never seen anything like this last week. Fortunately, even though predicted several times, we never got down into the teens at night, and only during the snow event on Wednesday did we fail to get above freezing with a high that day of around 30. Of course, everything here was encrusted with ice, then sleet, then 2" of snow. My biggest concern has been the silver queen palm at the corner of the house. It's around 9 years old and was germinated by my son using seeds sent to him by my mother-in-law in San Diego. The last few winters have been incredible here and infrequent lows in the mid 20s have not slowed it down in the least, nor have they damaged the foliage. I'm posting before and after photos. The before photo was taken on Dec. 30, 2017 and the after photo was taken on Thursday, Jan 3 during the snow part of the precipitation that day. As you can see, I wrapped the trunk with blankets and bubble wrap. I also placed two flood lights in the crown. Amazingly, the silver queen may have fared better than most palms in my yard. Time will tell and I'll update the photos as we thaw out more. Hopefully the photos will link.
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