Monday, May 15, 2006

Yesterday afternoon we removed all of the containers from the crawl space.
These are callas, cannas, and dahlias that I over winter in their pots and soil

I am sure this is NOT the expert's way of saving these bulbs/tubers, but I know of no easier method.

Jut remove the foliage and stick the whole container in a cold, but not freezing place and leave it until spring.

I put these in hibernation last October...they have been 7 months in the dark without one drop of water.

See how dry the soil is?
Yet they are already coming up.

I will start watering and fertilizing them and I expect all to make a healthy return.

Confucis say, "Much work ahead to make this big empty deck look inviting. Only crazy lady attempt such task"


  1. Well I have total faith in you! You will restore it to garden magazine quality in no time!

  2. I can't wait to watch your deck explode with color!

  3. Dahlias!
    They like to be between 40 and 50 degrees, so that rootcellar-like space in the crawl is perfect!

    I think I started mine too early - they are already budded! This is only my second year, so I don't know if they will go all summer, but just having them is great.

  4. Wow, Jenn, already budded? I won't get buds until late July.

    Thanks for the confidence Dianne and Joy. Right now it looks like a huge mess!

  5. You look so young Zoey, and yet Confucius is familiar with your deck. Well done. Perhaps he would help you with the potting.

    What is a crawl space?

    And that lush green, green grass. Are you sure your DH didn't just paint it on? I'm sure I can see wide brush

  6. Hi Alice,
    crawl space is big area under the house where there is no basement - just a 3.5 ft. space- you can't stand up in it, you have to crawl...hence, the name. I use it to store all my pots, etc.
    We do love the green grass. It won't last long because we don't water it.


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