The weather here in St. Louis was crisp and clear and absolutely gorgeous. The colors of the leaves were beautiful, and on Sunday it was fascinating to watch them sweep across the six-lane street just to the side of Forest Park (St. Louis’ equivalent of Central Park). In my own yard, the wind took down quite a number of leaves, and after a while of trying to wrangle the leaves into piles only to have them scatter with the blowing wind, I gave up and focused on bringing in most of the plants that live in the house during the winter.
About eight or nine years ago I mentioned to two people during one week that I had no houseplants and would like to get a few one of these days. By the end of the next week I had nearly fifty new houseplants. (Ask and ye shall receive.) I was told these all love to be outside during the spring, summer and fall – I could keep a few indoors during that time if I wanted – but they all needed to come indoors for the winter.
The wonderful thing about plants is that they grow. And, people will often contact me when they have no more room in their house for their plants – and my collection has increased to include several trees (including a coffee and grapefruit tree) as well as a few plants that have now become tree size – like my six foot angel-winged begonia, and this five foot round shrub like plant that I won’t even attempt to spell. Last year I got this HUGE Boston Fern (literally three feet round) from a friend of a friend who was asking everywhere for someone to take this plant.
Last year I filled up my sun room/studio space with houseplants and ended up using the “spare” room as well. This year, I have a person living in the spare room, so I have been trying to figure out the best way to fit all the plants in the sun room far enough away from the door which will be used to get to my firewood stack just out the door, and still allow me a path to get to and clean the litter box which is also in that space, and allow a space for papers for my dog to use when I am gone. Oh, yes, there is also the issue of space for me to be able to get to and water each plant. Let’s just say I am still working on all of this, and have the larger plants that will sit on the floor still to come in (some are pretty heavy and I need help moving them.)
Later this afternoon, when my new house mate is here, the two of us will work on bringing in the rest of the big stuff, and raking and mulching of leaves, and hopefully I will have time to chainsaw a few felled branches and large pieces of tree for firewood.
I hope everyone will find a few moments today to enjoy the beauty of this season.