While most people correctly tie the end of summer to the calendar, for me it is marked by the first frost of the season. Where I live, that usually means the third or fourth week of October and that time is here.
I’ve spent the past few days dragging/lifting/situating into the sun room the plants I want to overwinter. This, after I had loudly proclaimed I was not bringing much inside for the winter!
Here’s what “not much” looks like:
|Many aloes and a few begonias. I colored and dried hydrangeas during the summer (top shelf) and now I don't know what to do with them!|
|Brazilian plume plant|
The three kitties who formerly stayed in the garage have taken up residence in the sun room for the winter. Here's Myrtle, sleepy after not showing up last night (worry!) but now ready to sleep all day and pull the same trick tonight, no doubt.
One day ago the mid-morning temperature was 53F; last night the temperatures was high-30s, but tonight we anticipate a full-blown frost.
The fishpond has provided much pleasure this season. The fish have grown from half-finger to half-a-hand size. The white impatiens and sweet potato vine have softened the edges.
|The Sweet Potato Vine has really done well at pond side.|
|Here's the fish. Can you see them? There are 10.|
The potted impatiens have gone from this:
The cold weather will put an end to these two Diamond Frost plants:
And the white petunias, which have already dwindled drastically:
The hydrangea have turned a nice purple:
Bocappia, a new favorite, will soon be history:The white moonflower on the arbor has tried to outdo itself this year.
Oh well, at least the ivy around the little water fountain will provide a spot of greenery throughout the cold months:
This little creeper, whose name I've now forgotten, is "supposed" to stay green all winter. We'll see!
Surprisingly, one of the gardenia plants has formed a ton of buds at this late date. One bloom, with others to follow. I don't believe the low-30s will hamper the blooming, but a hard freeze will.
OK, the yard/garden has been winterized. Now it's time to snuggle in with blankets, books and indoor endeavors.