Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Well, it's October. Soon the houseplants will have to come in for the winter. I kicked most of them out to the deck in the spring, and sent the rest out to join them a month or two ago. They seem to like it outside - it rains more frequently than I remember to go to the basement and water things, apparently.
Last month, I finally managed to take care of the Amaryllis Situation. I sorted through them all (about 15) and tossed all the obviously withered-beyond-hope bulbs. Everything else got moved from coconut fiber in crappy plastic pots into nice new potting soil in clay pots. That should make them much more stable when they bloom. However, the fresh (real) dirt has woken them all up and they're sprouting up. Leaves only, so far. :( So I'm guessing no blooms this year. But much happier plants, and no corpses taking up space.
This is the back fence hosta bed, after about 5 months. We lost a lot of plants in this one, not sure why. Not slugs, not deer, maybe cutworms. And some of the lost ones may re-emerge in the spring. Out of 35 plants, there are around 22 left.
The hosta bed under the deck did much better, I think they all survived, and a few even bloomed. The bleeding hearts, on the other hand, I'm not hopeful for. I had two, once, that were very happy and healthy. Then their shade tree blew down, and I had to relocate them in July, which didn't work. I planted 4 more this year (in addition to the ones I killed last year) - they bloomed, but then died back. Not sure if that's normal and they'll come back next spring, or if there was too much clay and they gave up. Same goes for the ghost fern and coral bells I planted next to them.