Time to bring the tender plants inside…again.
I tell myself time and again not take plants in for the winter. I don’t like indoor gardening as much I do outdoor gardening. So what am I doing this week? Potting up some tender plants and taking them inside for the winter. It was so successful last year that I am just repeating the process again. I have so much to bring in. Why don’t I stick with hardy succulents and sedum?
My Mother always told me I didn’t listen. She was right.
As you see, I am doing my indoor gardening with garden planters made of glass! I was at Marshall’s Home Goods and saw a lot of glass containers that were large enough to hold a lot of indoor plants or indoor plant cuttings, so I grabbed some of them. A terrarium would be just a miniature garden. I can do that!
Then I went to the Thrift Store to find more at a cheaper price. Of course, as it always happens, if I need to pick up something specific from the Thrift Store, there are none.
Does this happen to you? I can be browsing looking for a hypertufa mold. Maybe I am looking for large salad bowls for instance. There will be NO salad bowls. But there are aisles and aisles of glass terrariums.
Next week I am going through looking for glass terrariums………..Yep, you guessed it. Not a glass terrarium to be found. <sigh>
So you understand why I don’t buy lottery tickets, right?
Eventually, I did get some large bowls, one with a lid, one pear-shaped complete with stem, and this one in the photo above with a pedestal.
I did bring in my Mimosa which is doing very well outside this summer. I ended up with about five plants and have given one to my daughter for her indoor gardening. (Yes, against her better judgement, she’s is planting some terrariums too.)
Those Mimosa plants (grown from seed) have grown so slowly all year, and then all of a sudden, this one has shot up so quickly in this last month or so. I think it is budding now but I won’t know until they bloom. But these are sure not the buds of a new branch, right? ( Update: My mimosa didn’t make it. I think I neglected it and didn’t water it enough. Working with succulents spoils you. If you are more diligent, it gets to be very tall and blooms.)
No Indoor Gardening in the Basement This Year
In previous years, I have carried all the garden planters to my basement to spend the winter. But this year, since the glass plant containers look so nice, I am putting them in a southeast-facing window in the dining room. I will have more upstairs in a bedroom in the same southeast-facing window.
Here’s the thing: If these plants start looking dead, withered, tacky, and spindly…….Off they go to the upstairs bedroom window.
Did you hear that plants? Now do your best. I would hate to threaten you with the Compost Pile!
And this teapot of Baby Tears may be the first to go…………to the Compost Pile. If you have any advice for me, I would welcome it. I just cannot seem to grow Baby Tears. My daughter has given me another start of her flourishing plant. Update: The baby tears did really well. Here is another photo on the Facebook Page . https://www.facebook.com/thehypertufagardener/photos/a.584016138361225.1073741828.582948995134606/940899899339512/?type=3&theater
These are some of the plants I am bringing inside since they won’t survive an Ohio winter outdoors.
I hope I like these terrariums again this winter. So far they seem to be really pretty, but I haven’t had time to kill them yet either. Keep your fingers crossed for me keeping them alive and ready to go out in the spring.
Have a great weekend, we are now heading toward fall and the weather is showing it. It is going to be cooler overnights this week, for us in Ohio that will be dropping into the 60°s F overnight, but that’s hardly cold when we know that frost will be here next month.
I am so NOT ready.
Hi, I am Kim and thank you so much for visiting my magazine! I am a gardener and a hypertufa maker. If you came here to learn about hypertufa, I have a lot of information. But I also write about flower gardening and using succulents which are great drought-tolerant plants.