Just when I thought it was safe to get everything out of the greenhouse I discover it wasn't. A strong cold front with blustery, unfriendly winds will drop our temperatures into the low 30s tonight. The forecast is for 34° but like as not, in my garden, there will be a frost. Preparations have been made.
The wind has already knocked down my pretty heirloom narcissus 'cheerfulness'. I moved the bulbs from under the yaupon tree where they had not bloomed for 2 years. Now, they have more light and were rewarding me with blooms. I would prefer to see them in the garden but their musky fragrance is welcome in the house too. I think I love these ones above all the others.
When the blooms on the grocery store primroses faded several weeks ago, I put the plants out in the garden in morning sun. Now they have started to bloom again. I wonder if there is any chance of their survival to next year. Probably not, but this second blooming is a bonus I was not expecting.
I have spent most of the day in the potting shed and greenhouse. Both were in a terrible state. Passing from one to the other I enjoyed the cross vine which now covers the whole of the greenhouse roof. I will have to cut it back this year because when out of flower it is not the most attractive and if left will likely bring down the roof. Pruning this vine is a regular occurrence.
All my tender plants are in the house or up against the house. I am hoping the wind will drop before it goes dark so that I can go out and cover the peas, tomatoes and succulents. Now it's tea time!
Foliage Follow-up - December 2017
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