doodle by andre: tucked in with the kids


EVERYONE’S COME HOME FOR THE WINTER and there isn’t much navigating space in some rooms here–sound familiar? If there were a few more tender plants to accommodate, I’d need to build an addition, to overwinter them all. Until Andre the doodler pointed out the parallel with this weekly doodle, I didn’t know about the show “Hoarders,” oh my oh my. Any hoarding going on at your place, or are we all within an inch of sanity still?

  1. Wendy says:

    That show is definitely mind-bending; I’ve never been able to make it through to the end of an episode. Fortunately I don’t most of my container plants are annuals so not much has to be brought in out of the weather. However, this year I adopted two boxwoods who guard my front door. Should they be brought in, do you think? I wouldn’t think so normally, but since they’re in planters, I’m not sure what would be best for them.

  2. Margaret says:

    @Wendy: The answer to your boxwood question is no, they don’t want to come in…unless the pot is too small to provide good root insulation or the pot is not weatherproof. What zone are you in? Your zone, the pot size and the pot material are the factors (and even if they had to come “inside” it would just be inside an unheated building).

  3. chigal says:

    It might be considered crazy that I’m keeping a pineapple sage, which grew enormous and is basically useless, in my living room. My one vigorous mini watermelon vine is definitely a weird but fun experiment presently taking up half the plant space in my kitchen. Its blossoms are just getting ready to pop, so I couldn’t let it die. It’ll look less hoard-y in my place once the bags and bags (and bags) of drying herbs are put away. :)

  4. Brian G. says:

    The famous New York hoarders, the Collyer brothers, died as a result of their compulsion (crushed under mounds of rubbish after tripping a home made booby trap). I doubt plant hoarders, I mean collectors, could suffer the same fate…unless they try really hard.

  5. Margaret says:

    I suspect we can get a group rate on a padded (sun)room or else go inquire about all those sheds Andre is alluding to. :)

  6. Melanie says:

    How do you winter over your Hawaiian snow bush? Have you tried rooting cuttings? Do you put it in a sunny window, do you store it in the basement?

  7. Wendy says:

    I’m in zone 5 (on lake erie). The pot’s (concrete) might be a bit small for them now at the end of the season, so I might bring them into the garage.

  8. Marg says:

    I believe that those who wish to save those little babies from the cracks in our sidewalks should be praised. Hoarders, I don’t think so. Avid collectors, savers, securers of future generations, slightly on the psychotic side but hoarders, NEVER!!
    Wendy, if you have space make a couple of holes in the garden and put your shrubs in the ground for the winter. In the spring pop them back into the planters. Unless your pot is large and well insulated they will not survive the winter outside.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Marg. Agree completely about the shrubs and overwintering; I plunge many hardy things for winter (in the empty vegetable garden usually) that are in pots all summer long. And yes, avid collector sounds better than hoarder. :)

      @Melanie: I have not taken cuttings of the Breynia. I bring them inside into the mudroom (55ish degrees but bright light) and though they defoliate gradually, they perk right back up when warm weather and sunshine arrives again. I water weekly at most, so not dry but not damp, either. I am experimenting, but I have had them survive and get better each year for several years.

  9. Ted says:

    That is so me, except I can’t see the TV behind the Boston fern. We’re into the twenties this weekend, so the house is bursting with plant in from the cold. My weakness is begonias, my partner’s is succulents. I take over the north and east windows and he had the south and west. The middle is disputed territory.

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