This is the hybrid geranium, Caliope with a yellow snapdragon that doesn't know it isn't April any longer.
I also stuck a piece of Autumn Joy in there because it broke off and, what the heck, I have seen sedum do some weird things, so you never know, it might grow!
I often hear gardeners say they over winter plants. For years, I overwintered the Angel Trumpets and tropical hibiscus, when I lived in zone 8. I simply brought the entire pot in and they sat in the rarely used dining room with almost zero sunlight and I may have watered them once a month, if that!? In February, I would drag the pots out and it would start all over again.
I tried that the first winter we were here. I filled the porch with my houseplants and they loved being outside. A week before the first frost, I brought them back in and everything was fine, until the heater kicked on inside the house. Suddenly we were plagued with every kind of bug and nasty that laid its egg in the pot all summer long. For day I ran around killing Japanese Beetles and June bugs and lightning bugs. I put the plants back outside and let the cold take them. I have never tried it again.
But I see bloggers write about the geraniums and such all the time! Am I doing something wrong? Do you dig them out of the landscape and replant in pots for the house?
Is there anything I should know before I attempt this again?
Zoey always has a throng of pots that she and her husband drag in and out. She leaves the bulbs and corms and perennials in their pots and things work out wonderful for her. I do not have a crawlspace and the garage gets too cold and the basement is too warm, I think, at 68*.
Do you overwinter plants? Do you have tips?
Before I go, I wanted to share something very touching. We all know the significance of today, the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
On Balisha's blog today, I read a poignant post that I think everyone I know would appreciate.
Please check out her post Meet Me In the Stairwell
Very well said, Balisha. Thank you.