Frost tonight, jungle in the house

birdgardner(NJ/ 6b)November 11, 2005

as the dusk deepened and my toes chilled in my boots I dug up all the tenders and dh toted in the pots.

I can't believe how many darn plants I have to deal with! And I acquired so many fewer than I usually do! Missed the swaps, NJBG closed, stopped trading by May, put myself on a strict mail-order budget, walked by the Home Depot cheapies and skipped the sales.

now I've got sills full of tattered plants, slug and deer nibbled, harboring millepedes and even entire nests of sugar ants I am sure. We actually lived in harmony with the sugar ants in the lime tree last winter - if we saw them on the floor it was time to sweep the floor - otherwise they stayed in the tree and tended the scale...might be smart to spray prophylactically this year...

Maybe I'll get them looking like proper house plants by Christmas. Maybe.

I'm so glad for cannas and fuchsias and salvias and figs that can just go dormant in the cold room and be ignored for five months.

Gardening. phooey.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Loretta NJ Z6

I do hate bringing in those buggy pots! First there are the cuttings to deal with, then the pots that I hope to repot to get rid of as many of those millipedes and pillbugs as possible. I know I should disinfect the pots but I won't. Then there are the plants that need to be dug up and potted and brought in. Then the ones that have to go dormant then cleaned and bagged. Then you start thinking do I really want to keep this plant and I will stick with hardy plants next year. Are the abutilons so great? How much did I spend on these? Oh yeah, maybe I should try to save them...
Actually, I don't spend a lot on any single plant, it just adds up.
I don't mind the work but it always coincides with raking leaves and Thanksgiving.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2005 at 8:09AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mprats(z6NJ Plainfield)

In effect we had our first frost here last night. The dahlias are all wimpy, I was really hoping to break a record and have dahlias by Thanksgiving! In any event, I am glad I got a couple of extra weeks of flowers, and at least the roses are still blooming!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2005 at 9:07AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Loretta NJ Z6

Well already I see a few little nats flying around.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2005 at 1:36PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Any Other Local Garden Forum More Active?
This forum is really quiet. So I just wonder if there...
privacy wall
Hi i live in south jersey and i want to plant some...
This weekends cold spell and tree question
Well, this weekend officially ended my dahlias growing...
Was Last Winter Colder Than This Year?
Even with all the snow and cold weather, my bamboo...
Where to buy indoor plants in NJ? and pots.
My first time with houseplants. So far I've bought...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™