I try to stretch out the season as long as possible by covering the plants in my garden and bringing the potted ones into the house overnight when those first freezes are forecast. But once we get into mid-October, it becomes a losing battle, and I have to admit defeat.
This Swedish ivy is two years old. It spent last winter in my living room, dying a slow death. There was almost nothing left of it by spring. Once it got warm enough that I set it back outside, it exploded back to life.
It never ceases to amaze me how quickly plants grow outside.
I can't remember the name of this plant, but I've had it for about five years. Every spring when I set it out on the deck it grows like crazy. I used to let the vines trail down over the edge of a plant stand, but there's so much weight on the bottom now, I started setting it on a table, so the vines are supported.this post that it was in sad shape when I first brought it up from the basement in the spring.
So it was no surprise that as soon as I carried the now-healthy plant into the house the other day and set it on the dining room floor, he immediately walked over to investigate -- and started chowing down.
I had picked up this butter crock at a thrift store a few weeks ago, thinking it would be the perfect size to plant the succulents in.
Because there are no holes in the bottom, I put a thin layer of gravel on the bottom to provide some drainage.
I filled the pot with cactus potting soil and put the tallest plant in the back.