This post is about the ugly side of gardening. As weather forecasts predict freezing temperatures, it’s time to say goodbye to flowers blooming and prepare to protect plants.
Strawberry Gompheras still hang on in the compost pile, but they too will succumb to frost.
Plants will be hauled into these two sheds. We choose metal sheds for greenhouses because other structures would not hold up to the high winds here.
So the process begins. It takes both of us to lift the really large pots.
Load after load has filled up one shed. It has an electric heater with a thermostat that is set just high enough to keep everything from freezing.
It has already been cold enough to effect the tropical hibiscus. The humidity from watering will be a cozy environment for most of the plants. Through the winter I only need to water every two weeks.
All of the plants have been watered. The floor slopes to a drain in the center.
The second shed does not have heat but is also insulated. Plants that cannot endure hard freezes but can take some cold are put here.
Yes, the shed is messy but functional.
Between the two sheds are some newly potted roses. They are protected from direct northerly winds. Hopefully, next spring these will be planted in new flowerbeds.
I may regret leaving this Umbrella plant out. But some of the pots are just too heavy. Notice that the Poinsettias from last year are getting some red brackets. I’m hoping a little chilly weather will cause more red.
May you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends.
“Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live.” Jackie Windspear