Okay, so it’s November 19th, and I still haven’t gotten all of my houseplants moved inside. Bad Anna… We had some icy winds a couple of weeks ago, which did this to my beloved Fuchsia speciosa:
Strangely enough, though, the houseplants in pots seem to have weathered that dip in temperatures better than the Fuchsia in the ground. Microclimates sure are fascinating. It’s fair to say that the fern (Adiantum microphyllum) and the NOID bromeliad are in a very protected spot, but still… I honesty would have expected them both to look somewhat disturbed by now, given what they have been through. Maybe it’s a matter of delayed reaction? As in, when moved indoors, will they just melt?
We have such a dark house that I end up keeping most of my houseplants under lights up in the uninsulated attic, where I rarely get to enjoy them anyway. This is the main reason I have stalled on the transfer. Life with me is difficult under the best of conditions, but they really suffer horticultural hardship inside our house. This year, I’m tempted to see if at least the toughest of them will survive in the garden shed instead. I power washed the clear plastic roof earlier this summer, and the rest is pretty much all cobbled-together windows, so the light is great. It’s essentially an unheated greenhouse. The problem is, I don’t really know which ones can handle colder temps if kept out of the elements, without doing a bunch of research. It might be easier to just bring them inside. Should I even bother with the Abyssinian banana (which is pretty much to be considered as an expensive annual) if I don’t? Decisions, decisions…
Anyway, my big infatuation this week is the dainty little Adiantum microphyllum. Planted in the same pot as that fab bromeliad pictured above, it has done remarkably well outside – in a pretty dark spot, mind you. It has filled out and is draping its flowy fronds next to a much hardier Fatshedera. Wherever it goes, it will have to go with its buddy B. Not sure I want to take a chance with either of the two – I love them both. Today is the day, as night temps are dropping toward the end of this week. I think I’ve pushed them hard enough already.