Before & After

Summer vacation is over for the houseplants

It's the twice annual "dragging of the plants."..

The plants are in. Summer vacation outdoors is over. Now they’ll start to re-adjust to low light, short days, less humidity, and even lazier watering than they had outside. Kinda’ wish I had a hose I could use throughout the first floor of the house to water with.

Almost half the plants are in the basement – under grow lights.

There they’ll have even less light, humidity, and care. They can drop their leaves with reckless abandon. They’ll get watered every week and a half (or so). At least in the basement I do have a hose to use!

Another few plants are still outside

Canna and a few other rhizome-based tropicals are not yet in. They can even wait until the first frost (I won’t, but they could). They’ll get chopped short, brought indoors and kept away from light – covered, cool and dry.

The Christmas cactus are still outside too. I will leave them out and bring them in the night we get our first frost. That will set some buds for blooming.

Still more to do

The fountains have to be torn down and stored. All the artwork has to come in. Well, not all, the metal pieces stay out for “winter interest” (and lack of winter storage space!).

I’ve moved all the hostas in pots near the shed so I can bring them in at some point this fall. The hostas themselves don’t have to come into the shed for the winter – they could stay out. It’s the pots that have to come in out of the snow, rain, freezing (and refreezing). I’m more afraid of the pots getting damaged than the hostas.

The other plant project for this weekend is the planting of the bulbs! I’ll post on that next week, depending on how my back feels afterwards.

Then Garden season will be over!

After this weekend – all garden chores will cease for the winter. I’ll then spend my time dreaming up what to do next year in the garden that is new and different. That’ll get me through the winter.

Before. The round room of our turret is the sunniest place in the whole house.
After. So far this year, no bugs, scale or any signs of diseases. That doesn’t happen often, but every few years there’s something.
Basement and grow light.
These guys will spend the winter slowly dying, loosing lots of leaves, but they’ll come back spring in the spring once they’re well fertilized and back outdoors for summer vacation.

I have a long-time garden blog, a popular garden on America's largest garden tour, and have co-written a book on garden design titled, "Buffalo-Style Gardens: Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs" When I'm not doing all that, I am an advertising designer always out looking to design things to promote your business. Look me up at #jcharlier.

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