Monday, November 6, 2017

Plant Day

I brought my plants I want to overwinter in last Friday before the first hard freeze.

This appears to be attractive to Bleubeard who never shows his face to the camera anymore for some reason.   However, after letting the plants sit like this over the weekend, I realized the two remaining lavender plants that survived out of five I purchased this year, would never get any sun where they were located.

So two days ago I moved them.

Suddenly I realized there wasn't a decent way to catch water runoff from the pineapple sage (the plant with the beautiful red flowers), so I decided to change it with my dill.

Although I'm having trouble lifting, I moved the plants around and now, even though I'm disgusted (with myself) that the plants took such a toll on my hand and wrist, I'm happy I won't have to do this again for awhile. 

BTW, how I hurt my hand and wrist was, I was supporting leaning my hand on the "railing" at the front of my herb garden when it broke and fell to the ground.  Of course, I went down with it, my hand reaching out to cushion the fall.

I found a spot for the lavender in my dining room, 

although I had to push a few books aside in order to make room.

And although I did lots of mundane cleaning and shopping, I also took a few photos of what I call Drive By Shootings, too.

I hope this gives you an idea that autumn has really NOT quite arrived in Kansas, even though we've had two hard freezes.

Today is Day 6 of AEDM and I organized, then reorganized my plants I brought in before the first hard freeze.  BTW, I used some of the lavender in one batch of soap.

22 thoughtful remarks:

Helen said...

I hope your preparations for winter mean your plants survive another year. great to see a bit of colour on your trees!!

Valerie-Jael said...

Your plants now have a good pace for the winter, so should have no problems surviving. There's really not much of autumn to see in your neck of the woods. Hope your hand and wrist are feeling better now. Nice to see a bit of Bleubeard. Have a good start in the week, hugs, Valerie

Sami said...

How cute to see Bluebeard enjoying the new indoor garden :)
That was a nasty way to fall Elizabeth, hope it all heals quickly.
Luckily we don't get that much cold, so no need to bring plants indoor.
I have some lavender in my front garden and it's great for the bees.

Barbara Fisher said...

I love the beautiful blue skies in Kansas. It actually looks a bit like that in England today, which makes a nice change from all the grey we’ve been getting lately.
I’m so sorry about your hand and wrist and about your railing. Falls like that didn’t hurt a bit when we were kids not so now though. :-) xx

Let's Art Journal said...

Great idea and it looks like Bleubeard approves of you overwintering your plants too - I loved seeing the photo of him 😉. Such lovely autumnal colours and beautiful blue skies too! Enjoy your day! J 😊

My name is Erika. said...

Holy cow it still looks like September in your world. It's green and you have lots leaves. You've mentioned that before but to see it in your photos, when everything here is going brown, is such a shock to my eyes. I brought my plants in a while back. Like closing up the screen porch, it's sad to bring the plants in, never mind it makes the house feel so much more crowded. I guess it is November though.:) Happy new week. Hugs-Erika

CJ Kennedy said...

Ink didn't like to have his picture taken, either. Always a challenge to get him to look at the camera. Most of the pics I have are of him sleeping. I never had houseplants with Ink around. Most of the plants seem to be poisonous, and I was always worried he would decide to take a nibble. That and the fact that I have a black thumb.

You are far behind us Fall wise. I like how the brilliant, blue sky makes the Autumn colors pop.

nanskidrewski said...

Hope your hand and wrist feel better. Sometimes breaking the fall can be tough on the hands, but our natural instinct is to protect ourselves. When I was a kid, I would always cover my mouth, because I was afraid of breaking my teeth, As I have gotten older, I try to break my fall with my hands too. Fortunately I don't fall very often, Wishing you a happy day and plants that survive the move indoors. Xo

Dortesjs said...

ohh I do the same with summer winter flowers geraniums and so on but put them in the attic great photos. hard winter comes but it can be nice to. ;O))

TammyVitale said...

ouch! Hope that wrist heals fast.

Thanks for the name "Pineapple sage" - I was going to ask. We brought our tropicals in (me and the grandkids since hubby was still on crutches) mid Octobber altho our weather is such we could have just left them out. 80 degrees in November. Who ever heard of such a thing! Anyways all of mine are big - I keep giving them away and they keep growing and I keep chopping them off and replanting, and then giving them away. Old house had a cathedral ceiling for my corn plants. One of them is now floor to ceiling with no cathedral. I water on Sundays - or try to. Goal not always reached. :/

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Well done on finding the exact right place for every single plant indoors.
I am wondering if you don't use any drip mats for the plants - I have no drip mats for my planted window boxes in the basement( but I will buy some soon) because although I water them really just minimal during winter I have always water puddles on the floor.
It doesn't really mind in the basement but I resent it. It seems you have a trick for that and it works with the fabric under the pots. Lovely to see the back of Mrs. Bleubeard. Looks like he is satisfied with your work!
Hope your wrist and hand feels well again soon Elizabeth!
The plants looks so beautiful - I wished I had the same green thumb like you!
Your Drive By Shootings are beautiful - it still looks like early September in your area!

Happy start of the week.. here it is grey , rainy and very cold ...brrrr
oxo Susi

Divers and Sundry said...

We have some fall color here but no freezes, so my plants are still on the patio. I had pineapple sage planted in the ground, but it got huge and didn't bloom til so late in the year I dug them up and gave them to a friend. I think I just don't have enough sun on my patio or enough room for it. I do love the color.

I hope your hand and wrist heals up and gets back to normal soon. I bet it's cramping your style!

Sandra Cox said...

You brought your garden indoors. Excellent. Now you'll have it all winter long. Your Pineapple Sage is beautiful. I just finished mulching my lavender. It's on its own for the winter. Survival of the fittest here:) And, of course, our winters are milder.
So sorry about your hand! Relieved it wasn't worse. That must have been scary.
YOU, have a wonderful day.

Sandra Cox said...

PS. Beautiful pics.

Darla said...

Such a shame about your wrist and hand. Hard to heal places that get so much use. Your plants look happy in their winter home though.
Im without computer but scheduled post for Tuesday. Dont want to miss out. When it appears I hope you will do your magic link up for me. Appreciate it!

Birgit said...

I hope your wrist and hand are ok from moving things about. my hubby did that over the weekend as well but our dill died long ago whereas yours looks great! Do your best not to use your wrist or hand..I know how that feels and how much we use it without knowing. It becomes a pain when having to put clothes on and off. I see you like rocking horses:)

pearshapedcrafting said...

I hope you haven't caused set back in the healing of your wrist and hand by lifting your plant pots! Good that you don't need to move them any more! Love your drive by shootings!! What a lovely blue sky! Hugs, Chrisx

Meggymay said...

The plants look like they have found a settled winter position in your home and it was good to see that they seem to have Bleubeard's approval.
Super photos from your neighbourhood.
Look after yourself and rest your hand, it sounds very painful.
Yvonne xx

NatureFootstep said...

lol, I have no garden so no plants to take in for winter. I just have a few in my windows :)

Lowcarb team member said...

Hope your hand and wrist is better now ...

All the best Jan

Jeanie said...

I'm doing the same, Elizabeth, though with little optimism. I have horrible light and I suspect what I do bring in will be dead by January at best. But it's worth a try! Loved seeing your 'hood. Your hand OK?

Dianne said...

Aack...scary to visualize you tumbling over! I do hope your wrist heals quickly. I think you will enjoy the green plants when it's the dead of winter, though!