While it has taken a bit longer to get to us than it has in other parts of the country, fall and shortly winter will be settling in across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We still have temperatures that are ranging into the 70s during the day, but soon the overnight lows will consistently be dipping down into the 40s. Late in December, we will have the possibility of freezing weather.
All of this means that soon I will need to bring the porch plants – the ones that line the front porch – and the back deck plants – the ones that make their home on the gazebo – in to the writing porch. I’ll need to close the glass louvered windows and figure out where everything is going to go and still allow me the chance to have a functional space back there. I’m also going to need to find a space heater because if I’m going to use the writing porch through the winter, it needs to be warm.
In the meantime, though, our mandevilla plants are giving warmer weather a last gasp.
The mandevilla plants were purchased shortly after we moved in…when my mother-in-law was arranging the plants and ordering the front porch and the writing porch. She handed me a $20 bill and told me to go get something pretty to put in a little pot/bowl I had for the front porch that originally had kalanchoe growing in it. I couldn’t find anything pretty for the front porch, but I did find two beautiful mandevilla vines for $3 each in the clearance bin. I knew that I needed them, and I knew that they needed to be planted near the arbor that leads to the gazebo.
They’ve done very well back there this summer and fall.
Such delicate little plants!
This weekend, with the husband’s help, I will try to untangle the mandevilla from the arbor. What cannot be removed easily – without damaging the plant – will be cut, and those cuttings will hopefully turn into more plants that can be arranged around the gazebo in the spring. The large terracotta pots will then be wheeled into the writing porch where they will settle in for a long-winter’s sleep.
I know that they are just $3 plants and that in the spring there will be many more of them. But they are intimately connected with the starting of our new home, and I’d really like to save them if I can.
How are you preparing your garden for winter’s rest?