Cold winds are blowing in tonight so Mike and I just brought in all the plants. The house looks like a greenhouse and I love how cozy it feels. The hibiscus has one big bright pink bloom left on it and they're all getting ready to kick back and rest for the winter. The cactus and succulents will go to the cool basement to sit in front of three windows, awaiting their time in the sun again next year.
It's a blustery 48F now and will get down to 35F tonight. Even though it is still autumn, I do believe winter is pushing its way in a little early this year; we've not even seen the leaves change yet.
With the cold air moving in, I also brought in what was left of my tomatoes and peppers. I sure will miss them! Here is a picture of the last ones hanging in there. The tomatoes will ripen up on the kitchen counter, but I'll use the little peppers as soon as possible.
If I had a "real" garden - that is, one in the ground and much bigger than my little deck garden, I'd be planting and/or growing broccoli, peas, spinach, all kinds of greens and all the other winter veggies that prefer cool weather here. That will come soon enough though... 289 days until we can start working at our farm! That's the end of next July. Hot diggidy dog!
I'm leaving most of my herbs outside. Some are annuals and some are perennials. I think I'll bring in the basil, lemon thyme and rosemary to see how they'll do indoors, but the rest will have to brave the weather.
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
- John Muir