November 7th - HOW did we get here?
|Blue skies of November 2010 |
(and an unconventional 60 degree day)
As we cruise into the second week of November I find myself ambivalent to the change of the seasons. The sun shines down on barren trees while a few really, really hardy plants continue to throw out a bloom or two.
|The LAST Rudibeckia bloom|
|Pink Guara .. just keeps on keeping|
|"Nothing is over until we say it is!!"|
Stella D Oro won't go quietly!
I'm one of those people that embraces seasonal changes. I'm "ok" with a dormant time of the year... BUT for some reason, right now, I feel very restless? (I'm even cranking the "Blues" playlist on my iPod.... nothing like George Thorogood or Stevie Ray Vaughn to motivate you!!)
I decided to give 'saving my favorite annuals' another go. Last year I had this amazing Coleus that I decided to bring in. After about a month we had an infestation of gnats in the dirt of many of our indoor plants -- the bulk of them being in the Coleus. After a week of trying to treat them with organic bug killer, I gave up and just put the plant out in the freezing cold. (Believe me, I felt horrible !! .... a heartless plant killer!!!) The rest of the plants were fine after a few treatments...
So THIS year, after a recommendation from a friend, I tried something else:
|"Bag it and tag it!" (Sorry, just a "CSI:NY" reference!)|
Now maybe my friend is yanking my chain, but she suggested that this would isolate any vermin in the pots. I 'Googled' the idea and didn't find much - other than suggesting using mothballs while having the plant 'bagged'. So it's been a week, and I just unbagged the two New Guinea Impatiens that thrived in the 'Front Garden' this summer. They will be in 'holding' in the 3-Season room until they show 'clean' for vermin.... They DO look great so far!
We'll see how it goes! If you have any other suggestions on 'de-bugging' annuals, I'd LOVE to know your thoughts. I am in uncharted territory here! ....and Happy Gardening or garden planning!!