I just can't seem to let my flowers go! The pots that brighten up my yard all summer always love the turn toward cooler weather and kick into high gear to give us a last show - and I always hope to extend the show and keep the plants alive so they're ready to flower in spring. So when the forecast called for a freeze, my husband and I kicked it into gear. Most years, we warm up with several nights of just running out with the blankets to prevent them from getting nipped by frost, but the 20s called for more aggressive action. Doug fired up the tractor, hooked on the wagon, and away we went collecting pots. Right now, we have them clustered in the garage. They might get a couple days here and there to be pulled back out into the sunlight. But soon, they'll take up residence for the winter in the room with our wood-burning stove. Some will make it through to spring, some will not. Some may even put on a few shows of blooms between now and then - the geraniums keep this way especially well! We'd love to bring them fully into the house and scatter them throughout, but the cats won't allow it - they'd try to eat them! We do this every year - not sure why, but it does liven up some gray winter days with a touch of green, and it's fun to see how many years I can keep some of the same annuals around! Below, a few pictures of the new look for our garage!
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