In the Autumn it is always hard for me to let go of
the growing season when the nights get frosty and the
days grow colder because of the shorter periods of daylight.
It is always hard to see the flowers though some may be faded
by then have to be either sacrificed to freeze to death or to be put
away in the basement or what room may be available in the house
for them. Though the Autumn colors are beautiful it still always
makes me sad to end the season and look into winter.
I even dedicated a posting to it last October entitled
It's Hard to Let Go
After sorting them out to see which ones would be
over wintered in the basement and knowing the porch
would no longer give them protection I finally let go and
carried them all to the basement.
Some of the plants that were taken to the basement were:
geraniums, osteospermum, latana, datura, sweet potato
vines, and mums.
I even brought in petunias and impatiens to see if they
Most of the plants were geraniums because they are so
forgiving and can be over wintered two ways. In their pots
or out of the pots and hung upside down by their roots.
I checked on them a couple of times over the winter and
gave them a little drink or spray of water so they
would not dry clear up.
Keewee at Keewee's Garden wrote a posting on Geraniums
and Light Bulbs about how her overwintered plants in her
basement had forgotten all about her.
After reading it I thought I had better make another check
to see how my own were getting along now in my basement.
Well the plants know it is Spring and time to wake up and
get about the job of growing again. Just like our potatoes
know and start to sprouting so do the flowers. Even in the
dark hole of a basement they had started to grow.
They have very pale faces now because of lack of light and
sunshine but that doesn't stop them from trying to
Tessa over at Blunders with Shoots, Blossoms n' Roots
wrote a posting on "How Do They Know" when
a couple of hours after she had set her sweet peas out that
the vine tendrils were already wrapping around the trellis.
How do they know it is time to start sprouting again.
Where are their clocks,where are their little eyes?
I do not have an answer but " The Plants Just Know"
So it is time now to pinch them back and think about getting
them some light and fertilizer.
Even the geraniums that were hung by their roots know it is
time to start growing again and are ready to be potted up.
Note to self: the hanging geraniums look to be doing better
than the potted ones. They are heartier looking.
So some how "The Plants Just Know".