My poor vines got a little too cold last night. Ipomoea vines struggle to survive in anything under 50 degrees.
It's cold & blustery right now. I was at Pea's blog and I see she is having the same weather. It's pitiful, absurd, outrageous, ridiculous, unbelievable weather for June 5. I can't find the word to best describe my feelings regarding this change of weather.
I went out to survey the damage and to see if I needed to bring all the plants inside. I thought I probably should, but I just couldn't find the initiative to do it so I decided to just let them fight for their own survival.
After being inside a while and giving it a bit more thought I decided I should take the baskets down and put them in the garage. It's probably not going to frost, but it may get in the high 30's which is way too cold for most of my plants which are tropicals.
So one by one I hauled them down the deck steps into the garage, then I went back up the deck steps and back down and back up and back down and back up...........................you get the image.
Oh, by the way, EVERY one of my wave petunias turned out to be hot pink. So now I have hot pink and orange instead of purple and orange. There goes my whole color scheme. There are plants all over the garage -- within an inch of the car.
Plants that were too heavy for me to pick up were drug over to this corner close to the house for protection and covered with plastic tarps. I use anything I can find for protection. This metal bucket is covering a canna.
I put a big garbage bag over the standard hibiscus plant. I could only find one big bag, so I guess the second hibiscus is on its own. So far I have lost two of the 4 5-yr old standards that I have been overwintering every year. On days like these I wonder why I bother.
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.