Sunday, November 27, 2011


Tonight we will have a hard freeze. No more mucking about with covers.

Except, that is, for the large A. desmettiana in the raised bed by the side entry. I am seriously hoping that it will make it through the night because if it does my plan will be to remove it for the winter. I do this with all the smaller desmets. because they will not survive a winter in this part of town. Small ones are pretty easy to remove. This one has only been in the ground since the spring, having spent its whole life in a pot, so I am hoping it will not be too much of a fight.

You may wonder why I bother. Only because it happens to be one of my favorite agaves and such a 'pupper'.

These two in the greenhouse were pulled from their summer place and potted up in a loose soil for the winter. I never had thought of putting one in a hanging basket before but this one I picked up at a garage sale for a dollar. I was really thinking more about the coir insert than the basket.

The lemons are now in the potting shed. There will be no more potting this winter. There is barely room to move.

I'll just be popping in there to pick the odd lemon as they fully ripen.

The time has come to bid farewell to the little zinnias along the path.

and the gomphrena, sheltered by the wall of one of the vegetable beds. I fear they will not be with us by morning.
Are you and your plants tucked in well for the night?


  1. You have such a nice winter home for your plants. They do look snug.

    Just finished tucking my plants under cover on the deck and visiting the annuals one last time as well. It was so windy, definitely not fun.

  2. We put up the greenhouse today and I mangaged to get all the shelves and succulents tucked inside. The wind made it a challenge, but they're all nice and warm inside.

    Yours looks lovely, I especially like all your epiphylums; are they all the same variety or different?

  3. Mine are, indeed; even though some say it won't freeze in the city, I dare not take a chance. Previous years tell me that even covered with heavy frost cloth, this is farewell to the squash and tomatoes until spring. That agave is worth protecting. I have an agave to wrestle into the backyard in a few months. Not looking forward to it.

  4. Beautiful Agave D....and that cover looks nice and thick. We still haven't had a hard frost yet, I doubt we'll have to wait much longer though...

  5. Do you heat your greenhouse? We are planning on getting one eventually...and obviously way up here we need to heat, but I didn't know if you need to?

  6. Shirley, Every year I say, no more pots but....Yesterday was certainly not a day to be in the garden unless you were putting plants away. The wind was brutal.
    Mandy- I believe they are all the same. None have flowered yet. Maybe next year.
    Caroline- I pulled off all my peppers yesterday. The last of the summer crops. You still have tomatoes and squash!
    Danger garden- I am surprised you get frost. I would have thought enough protection form the ocean.
    Sue- I do have a heater and it went on last night. It is just a milk house heater but seems to do the job. I just purchased a thermostat into which I will plug it. It is set to come on at 35 and switch off at 50. The heater itself needs some helps in that respect.

  7. No freeze yet in my garden, and I'm banking on not getting one tonight either, although I did move two potted desmets up against the house, just in case.

    I notice you have your 'Chocolate Chips' manfreda tucked away, perhaps because it's potted? Mine came through last year's cold winter in the ground with no damage at all. Of course in a pot it may be a different story.

  8. We're all getting ready. I see some little spots I could tuck a cutting here and there; you're not full yet, lol.

    I introduced your blog at Tuesdays with Tootsie and borrowed your pic of the lemons. Click my name to see what I'm babbling about.

  9. It is lovely to meet you courtesy of your visit to Driftwood Ramblings. You have a super selection of what I'd always regarded as hardy plants, yet there you are, tucking them up for the night. Obviously the hard freeze you were expecting shows no mercy. I am so fortunate not having those kinds of weather conditions to deal with. It does make gardening easier by comparison, although I still often bemoan my lot. We have dry, SE winds to contend with during our summers and very little precipitation, since we live in a winter rainfall region. I have to cosset my plants all summer.

    You take stunning photographs. I look forward to visiting again!

  10. We got most things inside or covered. Luckily, the wind calmed enough that covers stayed down.
    The garage serves as greenhouse, here.

    That wind was awful. It even blew over our neighbor's bronze horse...yes, she has a life sized horse in her back yard.

    We got down to 22 by morning. That's three times of low 20s so far. What happened to the 'mild winter' forecast?

  11. Visiting from Read 'em All Tuesday. So glad to meet you! Your flowers are still blooming, oh, be still my heart. To see flowers this time of year just makes me smile. I love your greenhouse, what a wonderful place to tide your pretties over until spring.

  12. Hi Rose over from Tootsie's place. What a beautiful array of plants in your gh. Our son works in Austin and lives just outside the city. He has lemons and tomatoes. Of course this last week he had to move them inside. A lovely blog. Drop by my neck of the woods in Ky.

  13. I live north of Waco, so all my cacti were carried into the sunroom a couple of weeks ago when we were expecting heavy frost.

    I'm wondering if you could I.D. the tall cacti that's covered in long spines, in the 5th pic down?
    I had one for 20 years and I've never had a proper I.D.
    Mine is about 3 ft. tall now and quite lethal! It's never bloomed. Has yours?

    I so enjoy your blog and I've stolen many of your ideas for my own garden!