Refugees / interlopers / survivors – bringing plants inside for winter

Tender plants in windowsill

Bringing plants inside for winter

I’d carefully brought in the more exotic / tender members of my plant family at the end of last year. However, after the flood they were unceremoniously dumped in the back garden whilst we cleared up and subsequently forgotten about. Luckily I noticed them last night huddling beside the barn. I’d spent the day tidying the garden and was just doing a final clear up when I noticed I could see my breath and thought we had a frost coming. I’ve put them in the downstairs loo with its south facing window with a view to getting them through winter.

Tender plants in windowsill
Refugees / interlopers / survivors – bringing plants inside for winter

Putting your best face forward

However during the weekly house tidy-up my fiancée gently suggested we made them more presentable. They’ve had their pots washed and a new mulch of grit and apart from looking a little straggly I think they’ll do okay. I’m never really too bothered by most of the tender plants I see. I don’t currently have the facilities to get them through a harsh winter and it’s rare I see something I’d want to put that much effort into. Chocolate cosmos and Aeonium are pretty much the only tender plants I have (apart from a geranium that doesn’t seem bothered by the cold weather whereas I would expect it to suffer).

I got these plants from a local nursery for a very reasonable price so it’s no great hardship to get more after the last frosts but there’s certain amount of pride in keeping things going. I’ve also inadvertently created a mini exotic garden, a la James Wong, for my downstairs loo. How international am I?

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