I'll also need to bring in the gloxinia, the streptocarpella, and that freakishly huge hanging begonia.
I knew it was coming, but I've been in denial. As much as I thought I was ready for the winter break from gardening, now that it is upon us, I'm not so sure I want it just yet. The news has been using the dreaded "F" word today - FROST.
As you may recall, in the winter, our house is home to some 175+ plants. As hard as I have tried to be ruthless in winnowing down that total, somehow it's not going so well. I find it hard to throw out any plant that has a single green anything on it. But some of these I've been trying to resurrect for a couple of years now, so I think it's time I give up the ghost, even if they aren't ready to do so.
That means that today my tasks include getting the basement greenhouse cleaned up and ready for the deluge of plants that will reside there for the next six months, more or less. Tonight, the low is to be 34° and especially in the outlying areas (that would be us), that could mean frost.
The brugmansias won't survive that, nor will the succulents, which have a high water content in their foliage.
The orchids can't stay out in the cold.
The Calla lilies need to be dug and if I'm going to try and overwinter the 'Limerock Dream' Coreopsis, I'll need to dig it up and at least bring it up under the cover of the porch, if not inside just yet.
The tropical hibiscus won't like the cold air...
...nor will the beautifully blooming passion flowers.
And what on earth am I going to do with the three ginormous Boston ferns?
They're so gorgeous, but there truly is no room for these 3-4 feet in diameter monstrosities. I may try to find room for one, but what shall I do with the others? Can I cut them back and put those in the basement, too?
The pelargoniums will be fine. Several of the blooming perennials will be too, such as the asters and mums.
This frost event is only to be one night and then we'll be back in the mid-40s for awhile. But it's just a matter of time before it will be an every night affair and the plants have to come in anyway.