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Archive for June, 2015

I just posted my latest calendarIMG_3349 on things to do with your indoor plants during the summer.

I will be adding to this calendar as I find other tips and suggestions for each season.  This is essentially a blog devoted to Indoor Plants.  I hope you will find it useful  You can also follow that page so you are notified via email every time I make a new post.  I hope you’ll take advantage of that.

Because this new Blog is a seasonal calendar, it stands to reason that I will post to it on a far less often manner.  Maybe you’ll find that refreshing…or maybe it won’t be often enough to keep you interested.  Just know that when it’s important for you to reconsider how to deal with those plants on your windowsill, you can find some needed advice at this site.

Come and join the party!

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I just came back from the gardens on Level D. IMG_3640 While talking with Adele and Jim R. we had the pleasure of seeing a hummer enjoying the flowers in their patch.  It paid NO heed to our presence, although we were but a few feet away.

Hummingbirds are such pleasant participants in our gardening experiences.  To be out there gardening and having them buzzing around your head is a pleasure like no other.

If you see hummers, either regularly or just occasionally, here’s a Hummingbird site that allows you to participate with Audubon in tracking these little guys.

If you would like to feed these delicate creatures, here is a website that will tell you everything about that process.  It is from Louisiana, so it’s a bit out of our area, but the facts are still VERY usable.  Whatever you’d like to know about feeding hummingbirds can be found at this site.  There is also a list of plants with flowers they find irresistible.

The very best thing to do is plant the flowers they like to visit…but feeders are sure to bring them around.  It is just important that you keep the feeders clean, and full.

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My Snake Plant

I have always put my larger houseplants out for the summer.

When we lived in New England, that involved protecting the plants from critters, as well as too much sun.  In Connecticut, the critters were not that big a deal, but in New Hampshire they sure were!  The deer, bunnies and moose LOVED snacking on tender indoor plants.  Yum!

I actually had a cage made of chicken wire where I kept the plants.  That worked quite well.  When our kids were little, that cage had been where they kept little critters they captured.  We called it the “Keeping Cage”.  Weekend ‘visitors’ (of the creepy, crawly kind) were kept there until we left again on Sunday afternoons, at which point they were released again to pursue their normal activities (the ‘creepy, crawly visitors’, not the kids!  We took the kids home with us.  I just thought I should explain that…).

In Connecticut, I parked my plants under shrubs so they would get shade, as well as rain.  It always worked well.  When it was time to bring them back inside, it involved a good shower to get rid of unwanted, traveling insects.  I also usually sank the pots into the soil, so they would not dry out so quickly.  That meant the pots also needed a good cleaning when it was time to bring them back inside.

But, this is WASHINGTON, and it’s the BEGINNING of the season.  The temperatures are staying high overnight, and the sun is SO inviting!

So, today I got some labels for my pots.  I will take a few photo’s to include here.

Off we go!

Off we go!

Now the plants will find their way to the Level C shelf that the Garden Committee has provided for over-summering, indoor plants.

Am I the only one?  If you’re looking for that shelf, go left off the elevator on level C (in the West Wing).  Follow the hall to the end and take a left again up the steps and outside.  The shelf is against the garage wall on your right.  You’ll find my plants there, as well as a few others.

If you choose to use this shelf, remember your pots MUST BE LABELED!!!!!!!  If they are not labeled, they may be removed, so heed my warning!!!  I would also suggest that you don’t put very small, or delicate plants outside.  They need your sustained care over the summer months, and in fact, may not like the breezes and bright sunlight.Outside at last IMG_3749 IMG_3748

You may not have to worry about moose, but slugs and insects must be taken into account.  Do NOT ignore your plants once you put them outside.  Be sure they are insect free and receive the necessary hydration.  Also be sure  the sun is not overwhelming your plant.  If, after a week or two, your plants look sickly, perhaps they need a comfortable chair and a book INSIDE.  Take pity on them, and bring them back to their usual windowsill.

Another thing you MUST remember is that YOU are responsible for your plants.  If it’s dry and sunny, they will need supplemental water.  That is YOUR responsibility…NO ONE ELSE’S!  There are hoses, and usually a watering can to use.  PLEASE remember to return ANYTHING you use (hoses, watering cans, etc.) to the place you got them!!!  Using the shelves is a privilege.  Do NOT abuse it, or that privilege will be discontinued.WATER!

The Garden Committee is trying to help ALL gardeners at Horizon House.  If your green thumb only addresses indoor plants; and perhaps you are a user of the Potting Room; we have your needs in mind as well.

IMG_3756While you are out there, take a little walk and appreciate the lovely gardens tended by your Horizon House neighbors.  The garden beds are labeled (just like your pot) so you should be able to compliment each gardener the next time you see them.  They would love to know someone is enjoying their hard work. IMG_3752 IMG_3750 IMG_3751

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