Sunday, September 25, 2016

Almost


It nearly froze last night. A couple of degrees and it would have. I hustled around all yesterday afternoon bringing some of the house plants indoors and covering up others. Some lacy tablecloths are out there this morning, none of them woven by spiders.

It is so obviously fall...

All day long you can hear the patter of leaves falling and the louder, more insistent patter of woodpeckers, chickadees, and nuthatches hammering at the honey locust pods. I don't know whether they seek the fat beans inside or insects that may infest same, but the sound never stops while the sun is up.

Canada Geese took wing today, over a hundred passing through during my morning bird count. They add their mournful calls to the rustling and shuffling of wings and the ring of Blue Jay calls that mark these cold fall mornings.

Caught three of the four guppies yesterday and brought them in. Number 4 is going to be sorry.

Debating on the plants that are still outdoors. All the memorial plants are in. The Ida Hollenbeck memorial spider plant, all of the Grandma Peggy plants, except for two foxtail ferns I grew from seeds off her original one, which stayed indoors this summer, and the big split leaf philodendron from a get-well bouquet of someone I knew in the seventies. My first ever plant, a Christmas cactus my mother gave me is in. I was eighteen and still living at home when she gave it to me.....

The two-year old datil pepper is in....and covered with little orange peppers. No one seems to quite get why I feel it is such an accomplishment to keep this St. Augustine native growing here in the cold Northeast, but I do love having it. Can I keep it over one more winter? I sure hope so. 

My sister-in-law's pothos are both in but kind of grumpy. The one that spent the summer on the sitting porch seemed to like it out there and it is not admiring the kitchen window much. It took me a while, but I finally got the hang of them.

Gift plants from son and daughters are in. Aunt Ann's giant wandering Jew is in. It did well this summer, after I got serious with the Miracle Grow. Should I bring the cuphea in? I love the little thing, but they are so prone to bugs and disease....guess I will have to decide this afternoon whether to gamble or not.

The geraniums will probably weather a degree or two of frost and we really are only supposed to get close to that tonight. I hate to lose them as I grew most of them from seed, but I would also like to leave them out a couple more weeks, as it is supposed to warm back up.

And....last but not least....the boss turned the heat on in the furnace plenum this morning. Feels good too.

8 comments:

Cathy said...

Sorry. Can't help quoting my favorite lines. There's no better nature writing than what we encounter here at Northview Diary.

"All day long you can hear the patter of leaves falling and the louder, more insistent patter of woodpeckers, chickadees, and nuthatches hammering at the honey locust pods. I don't know whether they seek the fat beans inside or insects that may infest same, but the sound never stops while the sun is up."

ellie k said...

Just be careful with the pepper plant that they don't look too good to the baby. They can be very hot and she might get them in her mouth and then eyes.

Jacqueline Donnelly said...

The season changes, as do the chores! I admire your sense of loyalty to your houseplants. I confess one fall as frost threatened, I accidentally on purpose "forgot" to bring them in because I was tired of tending them through the winter and cleaning up all their fallen yellowed leaves as they adjusted to indoor light levels. But I didn't have the kind of heirloom plants you have, with family memories evoked by their presence.

threecollie said...

Cathy, thanks, as always your kind words mean a lot to me.

Ellie, she is good about the plants, but just in case it is pretty well out of reach. She does like some hot foods though. lol

Jacqueline, I have the hoarder gene in spades....can't let anything go. I have a terrible time letting plants die. I will say at the beginning of the early frosts....'I won't bring that old thing in...." or this old thing...or another old thing. And then the next thing you know I'm out in the dark dragging them indoors for another miserable winter of tending them. lol

Cathy said...

Jacqueline and Marianne.

I'm curious. Do men suffer as we do?

Terry and Linda said...

Your writing is just so ....wonderful! I love how your express yourself and how you bring everything alive for us.

It's getting colder here also...36* last night.

In a way I'll be glad to stop the outside yard work...I'm getting stretched too tight again.

Linda

threecollie said...

Cathy, good question. I think they do but about different things....

Linda, thanks! We are back to fairly warm and missed the frost so far but soon......too soon...no doubt.

Cathy said...

Yes. Different things. And they compartmentalize better than we.