It is a bit early for the usual fall preparations, but this has not been a usual fall.
In preparing for Hurricane Florence, many potted plants had to be moved for protection.
Vines on trellises had to be trimmed and tied.
Limbs and leaves of the tropical trees had to be preened off to lessen wind resistance.
Now that Florence has passed, I find myself dragging plants in big clay pots back out
just about the time they should be prepared to be moved in for winter.
So this fall, the transition has been complicated.
As the clay pots come out of the shop after Florence, their plants are being popped into a plastic pot of similar size.
Some late acquisitions are being put in the ground.
This is the first fall ever that I have considered tossing my FLOWER status.
It has been one calamity after another in my garden this spring and summer.
I have never worked harder nor had this many failures.
I am carefully considering the future of each plant and my position as their gardener.
Florence brought in the winds of change.
Where will the FLOWER blow off to?