Monday, September 11, 2023

Home Alone


 Today, Tim was going to work on the basement stairs down at the new build. I was still dumbing around with my coffee, but he said that he didn't need me there today anyway. 

I spent the day finishing up in the bedroom, polishing and rearranging. I do believe that I am satisfied with the feng shui, thank you very much.

That is finished now. I moved right along into the bathroom, getting rid of outdated stuff. 

I made a nice shrimp curry for supper. I liked it. William liked it. Tim was not a fan. 

I have a problem, people. Tim went to Lowe's. He asked if I needed anythng. I was joking (sort of) when I said, "Well, if a couple of those day lilies fall into your cart, my heart would not be broken. One yellow. One orange." 

He came home and said, "Well, figure out where you're putting your flowers."

Lo, I was tickled, because he usually doesn't do stuff like that. When I went to the car, what to my wondering eyes should appear but....


Mandevilla vine. 

I was a bit aghast. I hadn't seen this on the $4 cart. "These were on clearance?" 

"No," he said, "but I liked 'em." 

Whoo boy. I killed my last mandevilla trying to winter it. Any tips from my green thumbed crew? (ignore the clutter. I moved a batch of plants around today, and didn't get back in to tidy up the office plant table.)


23 comments:

  1. You'll need support for all those beautiful flowering stems! If you want it to keep on blooming all winter, hang in a warm window, water lightly and enjoy.

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    1. It was, but I'm feeling bad because these were not $4 plants, and I'm not sure I can keep them alive.

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  3. I haven't seen those over here. They look beautiful. I hope you are able to overwinter them successfully.

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  4. I like the white one but had to zoom in and look carefully to see the red flowers which don't stand out from the leaves to me. I have green fingers but not red ones. Joanne's advice sounds good. It's easy to give some plants too much water.

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    1. I've been doing pretty good at not over watering. It used to be a bad habit.

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  5. I know of mandevilla but I've never grown it. I don't know what your climate classification is but I thought it was subtropical. I guess you can grow it indoors though.

    Some time alone must have been nice, time to potter.

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    1. I was not clear. I thought the mandevilla is subtropical.

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    2. They sure were not plants I'd have bought for myself.

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  6. I have only seen them treated as annuals as they won't survive winter. I have never raised one indoors though

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    1. Well, we'll give it a try. Hopefully the darn things won't break my heart. Honestly, I always buy cheap plants so that I don't feel quite so guilty when they curl up and die.

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  7. I was going to say that if anyone knew how to overwinter Mandevilla vine it would be Joanne and there she is!

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    1. You know, I forgot about her mandevilla on her porch.

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  8. Unfortunately, my experiences with Mandevilla have not been good. (Granted, it's been about 30 years since I last tried!) Yay for Joanne providing some answers!

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    1. I have only had one experience, and it didn't have a happy ending either. Bloggers are great, aren't they? You just throw a question out there, and somebody has an answer!

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  9. I have mandevilla in two outdoor pots every year, but never tried to over-winter them. If you try, i hope you keep us posted on them.

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  10. A friend of mine has overwintered hers inside for years! I love them, but just don’t have enough room for them.. xo, Ricki

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    1. I will be hanging mine from the ceiling. Not a lot of clutter there...yet, anyway.

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