I've begun the process of winterizing. I know, it's early. But here's the deal .... I see temperatures in the mid to lower 40s in the forecast over the next ten days. So I began bringing plants in from the deck. Most of them are in their "homes" for the next few months, clustered around windows for optimal sunlight.
When I finished that task, I continued with several other things. The biggest one is that I took about a dozen plants from the deck to the garden, getting them in the ground so they can be ready for winter. They were perrenials, and there should be enough good weather left for them to be ready. I hope so. When I put them in pots on the deck, I didn't really plan to do that, but I knew they were unlikely to last through the winter in the house. I figured I might as well give them a chance in the garden. That number includes potted irises that I bought back in May. I found some really good spots with enough digging room (meaning without too many rocks) to get them deep enough, mounded a lot of soil around each one, and watered them well.
I still have several hanging baskets with geraniums that I'm trying to decide about bringing in. I'd love to help them make it through and have them ready in the spring, but I'm not sure it's worth the trouble. I'll probably give it a try, but it will mean repotting them, as they are all in open baskets with coconut fiber, definitely not appropriate for indoors, as the water runs right through. I can wait a while on that, since geraniums are hardy.
I've begun my list, so I don't forget things. "Empty hoses" is for later on; "cover a/c" can come later, too; etc. Gotta be focused. Last year I wasn't. For one thing, I often use hoses, etc. until much later in the season, but snow came early and didn't melt till spring, so I had some hoses still out and covered with snow all winter. They don't seem to be damaged, as I had drained them. I just want to be a step ahead of the weather this year.
Have any of you had similar thoughts? I know it is still warm, even hot in some areas, but I don't think it is very far away. In fact, I think the numbers of hummingbirds is down, so I'm guessing they are beginning the long trek south. It is much earlier than usual. I have had them into October before, but I think we might be in for another early, perhaps hard, winter. sigh. I like cooler weather, but really hate to see summer, hummingbirds, and longer days ending.