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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Oct 27, 2014 8:38 AM CST
Let's see what you do about this!

Our shower has little half-walls at either end, way below the ceiling. Laid a repurposed folding closet door across the top - voila! It's slats, so I can see the plants above me while taking a shower (and the steam can rise onto them.)
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Hanging bar installed over window.
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The crowd that formed there...
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Been putting hooks in the ceiling in rooms where the ceiling is low enough. And giving hanging pots much longer 'arms,' so they can dangle down where the light is (in toy/play room.)
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More furniture to rearrange, dust-catchers to be put away until spring...
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Cinta
Oct 29, 2014 9:39 AM CST
I am cramming now too. I picked up some larger pots on sale will be doing more group pots. They really multiplied over the summer. I even sent some cuttings to people to cut down the herd. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Oct 29, 2014 10:16 AM CST
Good luck getting things like-you-like-it. It will be full-blown crazy in here by Saturday. Predicted low keeps dropping, now says 35. If they don't change the 40 for Fri night, most will be in by then. I've only brought about 25 pots in, and have no idea how about 50 more are going to fit in here (yet!)

I cut out about 7 pots doing recent repots also, grouping does help a lot. Sharing cuttings rocks, good vibes for that!
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Plantomaniac08
Oct 29, 2014 10:48 AM CST
Tiff,
You and I have the same weather. Upper 80s this week and they're predicting a freeze this weekend. Geez! Grumbling

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Oct 29, 2014 10:57 AM CST
I guess we are all like having a Halloween visit from Mother Nature eh? We also got a forecast of rains and upper 40's overnight that day.
We do need rain..but the cold..oh well...time to bring out the plastic foil covers for some of the orchids, keep some indoors, as well as some of the more tender succulents. I have delayed it as much as I can!
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Deebie
Oct 29, 2014 7:47 PM CST
I didn't realize that our temps are dropping to the low 40s tonight with rain. I've been either too busy or too sick to focus on houseplants. But I did run out to make sure that all of my tender plants and all cacti & succulents are sheltered. I left my philodendron Monstera and Xanadu, as well as my bird of paradise outside. I'll have to spray the plants tomorrow before I bring anything indoors.
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Oct 30, 2014 8:04 AM CST
Feelin' your pain! I'll be bringing in all pots that don't have ants in them today... all winter to figure out where to put them if spaces I currently have cleared/ready aren't enough. More moved furniture, more hooks.

Our forecast keeps dropping, now 44 for tonight, then 39, 34, 39. This is a mean trick! Hope it's not a harbinger of another long, harsh winter. My toes are cold just thinking about it.

Um, Saturday? High of 57 & 20 MPH winds? What will January serve up if that's our welcome to November??! Definitely not a treat.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Oct 30, 2014 9:51 AM CST
Mother Nature's trick or freeze...trick or rinse Hilarious! Rolling my eyes.
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Cinta
Oct 30, 2014 9:59 AM CST
We are going down to 29 Sat so I am pushed. I will do what I can but if I get stuck I will bring in the tender Houseplants and cover the sucs with a blanket. They do good as long as they are dry and we have not had rain for a while so they are dry.

DH back in the Hospital so I am pretty tied up and may not have time to get everything inside before the temps catch me.
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Name: Ivy T
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Oct 30, 2014 10:23 AM CST
Great ideas. I am an indoor gardener that is always looking for ways to display my plants when the weather start to change.
Pause for Paws.

Plantomaniac08
Oct 30, 2014 10:38 AM CST
Cinta,
Sorry to hear that your DH is back in the hospital. If I lived close enough, I'd help you bring everyone indoors. It seems that all of my online garden buddies live so far away. Thumbs down

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Name: Rick
Sioux Falls SD (Zone 4a)
thezookeeper
Oct 30, 2014 8:22 PM CST
Seems like the perfect thread to get my feet wet on here. Talk about cramming. These are about a third of the plants I have that are crammed indoors for winter.
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Name: Ivy T
Manhattan, New York (Zone 6b)
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ivyplantsnyc
Oct 30, 2014 9:36 PM CST
Really nice amount of plants. A 13 year old cat resides with me, so I am limited in what plants I can have in my place.
Pause for Paws.

Plantomaniac08
Oct 30, 2014 10:10 PM CST
@thezookeeper,
Welcome! I tip my hat to you.

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Cinta
Oct 31, 2014 12:10 AM CST
torriesmom said:Really nice amount of plants. A 13 year old cat resides with me, so I am limited in what plants I can have in my place.


I have the sweetest cat on earth. He is so careful around my plants and I have them in every window. I leave a little space in the middle for him to sit. He is funny watching him when I bring my plants in for the winter. He moves his front paws and looks back at his back paws and places them careful so he does not touch any plants until he gets to his sitting space that I left.

In his 10 years he has knocked over 2 plants and he looked like it hurt him more than it hurt me. He would not go to that window the rest of the winter.

Plantomaniac08
Oct 31, 2014 6:33 AM CST
Cinta,
He sounds like a sweetheart. Lovey dubby

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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Oct 31, 2014 7:46 AM CST
Cinta, best wishes for your husband's recovery!! (And to the mysterious magic of sheets!!)

Welcome, Rick! Glad we've snagged "another one." You've got a great rack - LOL! Is the purple plant bottom right a Kale? It's pretty cool, very attractive.

Brought these in yesterday. This is about the 15th year for this rack to hold plants for winter. A south window. Hopefully the cold this weekend will zap the leaves from the giant hackberry tree and let the sun shine in.
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My son (9) is so excited about the plants over the shower. Usually he just pretends to complain about them being all over the place. He said he feels like he is showering outside when he looks up. That was a pleasant surprise.

Now to find spots for the last 25 pots - the BIG plants... holy crap! I need a room-stretcher, and may have collected too many plants that need tons of sun. Will find out. DH sighed and agreed to take the A/C's out of 2 windows for more light. That's love! :+) A few of the pots had ants in them as of yesterday. Guess I'll be repotting some things off schedule today if they are still there. 36 tonight, that's just rude!

Edited to add pics of stuff brought in today... all except a few really big pots with ants in them. Will put them on the south side of the house under a sheet and hope for the best.

Craziness in the kitchen:
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Laundry room:
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Son's room:
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Toy room:
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Bedroom:
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Good luck and vibes everyone! And happy Halloween!



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Plantomaniac08
Nov 2, 2014 1:06 PM CST
Here's a picture of everyone after being placed inside yesterday. The weather here for the next ten days is projected to be in the 30s and 40s at night. The weather here is pretty unpredictable, so it could very well be 80 degrees during the day two weeks from now. Blinking I apologize for the terrible glare. The sunlight wasn't cooperating.

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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Nov 4, 2014 3:54 PM CST
Lovely, Planto!! Your stands are so much better than my upside-down milk crates and trash cans, desk that's not a desk for now... Plants look great too!

Decided there wasn't enough light in the bathroom... until adding this! Now it 'feels' like there's a skylight in there.

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Plantomaniac08
Nov 4, 2014 5:05 PM CST
Tiff,
Thanks. :smily:

Planto

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