Dragging-of-the-Plants Weekend

This was the annual Dragging-of-the-Plants Weekend (also known as the Scratching-of the-Floors Weekend). Shown are the before and afters of some of the rooms after the plunking down of potted plants. Their summer vacation outside is over.

Most end up in our south-facing round room in the turret. Technically, architecturally, it’s considered a tower. A turret is a small tower that projects from the wall of a building. Ours doesn’t project out, it’s round but goes straight up from ground to second floor, so it’s really a tower. That’s your architectural lesson for the day. You can relax now.
A few plants find their way to other rooms, but with that comes diminishing light. A few unlucky plants get the basement for some artificial light and cooler temps. Some down there are tubers getting their dormancy in the coolness of the cellar. 
So far no bug problems. That’s only happened twice in the last 15 years in this house. I did end up with a few new LARGE plants/planters from a friend that moved and couldn’t move all his plants, so I adopted them.
Even more pots, all with hostas, ended up in the new potting shed for the winter. They take up a good amount of room, as there are things I still need to get done in there this Fall, but in the plus side, I’ll be able to open up the car doors when I park in the garage this winter.
his is where we read our Sunday newspaper. The room doesn’t get much action otherwise.
It does get the most sun in the house.
To the very right in front of the window is an Avocado tree. I’ve had it for about five years – grew it from an avocado pit.
Did you know that if you burn a dried avocado leaf it smells EXACTLY like pot? Found that out accidentally.
Curtains came from a department store in France my wife found on a trip. They’re rainbow and sheer.
Those two large ficus (a father and son) will spend the winter dropping leaves. Damn them.

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0 comments on “Dragging-of-the-Plants Weekend

  1. Yes, I did the same thing last week–except I didn't bring in quite as many plants as you did. We've been having some challenges with our Meyer Lemon. Keep trying new things to keep it going. Neem Oil, dishwashing soap, and vinegar seem to keep the scale and gnats in check, but it's shocked now that I brought it back inside. Good luck with your plants this winter!


  2. Beth,I've had a few plants not take well to the transition over the years. Specifically a great big huge gigundous hibiscus. It came in each year and would slowly die over the winter and then revive (but less so) in the summer. It was a slow and agonizing death, We were close though, so I tried to hang on through severe cutbacks, re-potting and even planting in the ground for a summer. Alas it was not meant to be.


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