Gimme Shelter…

storm shelter for plants

“A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.”
John Muir (quote chosen especially for Misti…)

This past week was “exciting” for one reason: Hurricane Isaac rolled through.

To be forthright, Isaac was only a Tropical Storm when it passed us. And we really didn’t get hit too hard at all. But the projections of the storm had us straight in its path, so we had to do storm preparation.

One benefit of a container garden is that you can move it all, every single plant, into a sheltered space when a storm threatens. The downside of having a container garden is that you *must* move it all, every single plant, into a sheltered space when a storm threatenes. In tropical storm winds, a terra cotta pot becomes a projectile weapon. Imagine 100 terra cotta pots, some of them really big? Not a good situation.

So my poor husband had to move my entire garden, save the front little landscape garden, into the garage. It didn’t take long, maybe a few hours, but it was still a big job.

And, Isaac shifted course, so we probably could have left most of the plants outside. BUT, one of our big hibiscus bushes out from is now horizontal (roots still in the ground) so apparently even out of Isaac’s way, we still got hit with some pretty big winds, so better safe than sorry.

I lost a few plants in the days they were locked up in the dark. But I’m kinda okay with it only because I had a few days to sort of “distance” myself from them (yes, emotionally- I do get attached to my plants, especially the ones that don’t do so well…) and it’s always good to sort of clear some funky stuff out and make way for the new.

Some of the plants just bit the dust in the dark. But, ironically, several of my plants flourished without the hot sun beating down on them. Some of the seeds I had given up on finally sprouted. So maybe a little dark is a good thing for a plant every so often.

My Passiflora (which is my Prized Possession of the moment…) survived with all its brand new buds intact. It was about twelve feet of various vines around a column out back, so we had to carefully unwind it and then when the storm passed, untangle the vines and try and train them back around the column. But with a little patience and a few hours, we got it done.

In the meantime, I went ahead and ordered the first batch of seeds for the autumn garden- four different varieties of sunflower, some ranunculus bulbs, and three different types of tomato. The giant tomato planter is all ready, and so am I.

Bring on the fall gardening season! I’m so ready for cooler air and flourishing plants.

Comments 2

  1. misti wrote:

    In 2004 when all of those storms were coming for unknown locations on the SE coast of Florida (and ended up going in around the Space/Treasure coast instead) we brought in plants *into* our apartment. Samson and Leo loooved that! A plant playground!

    I know the feeling.

    Posted 31 Aug 2012 at 9:33 am
  2. Moosie wrote:

    What a chore! Glad all is well.

    Posted 01 Sep 2012 at 11:40 am

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