Frost tonight, jungle in the house
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.