Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Outside again

It's awfully dry and dusty here on Henny Penny Lane...


with lots of leaves falling and not one sign of pretty fall colors. 

even these skimpy looking mums came back from last year. That was a surprise.

I've slacked off a little from my fall house cleaning. The weather turned cooler last Thursday and I simply can not stay inside...

instead, I have been in and out of the teeny tiny garden and the little greenhouse, cleaning and moving things around...


once the greenhouse is cleaned out, I love bringing lots of plants inside to make the little space warm and cozy feeling...lots more to bring in. I am just getting started.


Oh, but nothing makes me happier than bringing them all back out in the sunshine in early spring, after the cold winter months...

I like the corner filled with chocolate vines...



wouldn't you think there would be just hoards of folks stopping in to buy plants? Of course, if folks knew that I do this mostly for fun, and that the plants are priced at a dollar or two, maybe three, there would be hoards. :) I've given away a lot more plants than I've sold, and that is fun too. 



So, the garden is pretty bare now, except for a few flowers, and rose bushes...

Better get going. Walmart and groceries are on the list today. Forgive me if I haven't visited your blog in a few days. I will catch up again. Thank you for visiting me.

Wilder has not been back in four days now so that worries me. 

Love, 
Henny 








35 comments:

  1. I for one, would be knocking on your little greenhouse door, to purchase some of your beautiful plants, if only I lived closer :)
    No Fall color here, well a little, but nothing like it should be, send rain if you have any to spare !
    Have a lovely day Henny...
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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    1. Henny, a paraffin heater is the same as a kerosene heater, they call them paraffin heaters in England.
      Kerosene heaters are readily available at box stores and hardware stores in this country.
      Also a fan heater works well, although they do run on electricity.
      Hope this helps,
      Jo.

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  2. Hello Sweet friend, I know what you mean about the weather changing and wanting to be outside. I've been enjoying the cooler weather . . . sunshine but cooler temperatures and so nice for being outside. It won't be long before we are house bound with no gardens to play in again until spring. I say get out and enjoy the weather while it lasts. I do have a question for you, do you heat your greenhouse in the winter to keep your plants from freezing? I don't use mine in the winter because I like to keep the heat bills down as much as possible, but would like to weather some plants through the winter . . . just wondering what you do and how cold your winters get?
    Connie :)

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    1. Hey Connie. I have one of those little milk-house electric heaters. I always plan to keep the little greenhouse warm all winter but by the end of November, I too worry about the light bill and give up on playing in the greenhouse. Winter here can get pretty cold. We had a few days last winter (or maybe it was 2015) that the temperature got down to 9 degrees F. All of the plants are perennials and survive the winter anyway. Those plants in small pots do okay in the greenhouse without heat and the big pots I group together outside in the leaves. I have searched on line for some way, besides electricity, to heat a small greenhouse. There is a small paraffin heater, but those cannot be shipped to the USA...I don't know why. It sounds perfect to me. Thank you Connie!

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    2. My aunt used a regular paraffin heater, the kind you would heat a room with, worked great.
      ~Jo

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  3. Glad to hear things are going well. Still waiting for cooler weather in Louisiana. God bless.

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  4. How nice for you to have a greenhouse. Wilder may just be exploring more with the cooler weather. Hope so.

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  5. Yes, I can certainly attest to the fall that can't seem to make up it's mind! The leaves are falling like rain but very little color here...they seem to be drying up on the trees and everything has a very dry and dusty look to it. They say we may get a bunch of rain over the weekend...one can only hope!

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  6. I love your greenhouse. I am hoping we can build one before the end of October. We have a simple design. The way things have been going around here, it may have to wait till spring.

    I will be moving plants this week too. We have a few more goodies to harvest, carrots and apples. :-)
    Love, Carla

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  7. If I were close I certainly would be calling in to buy plants. Nice that you are able to get back out into the garden.

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  8. diane in northern wisOctober 4, 2017 at 1:41 PM

    Thanks for the nice pictures....looks like you're cleaning up your yard very nicely and moving things indoors. Chocolate vines sound delicious! Do they smell like chocolate? I've heard of chocolate mint but not chocolate vines. Hope your little bunny buddy shows up soon so you can stop worrying for awhile. Although I'd say it's pretty tough for bunnies in the wild. Hoping for the best!

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  9. I would not be able to resist being out in your lovely green house either! Enjoy the season before it gets a lot colder. Maybe Wilder found himself a girlfriend? I bet you will see him before long.

    Hugs!



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  10. We are just beginning the process of "cleaning" our yard. There will be hours of cutting back and weeding and transplanting and grooming. Looks like the dry weather will continue so at least I won't be crawling on the cold wet gtound any time soon.

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  11. Connie asked the questions I was going to ask so I now know how cold your winters can be.
    I'd love to come and see what plants you have in your greenhouse!! Actually, I'd love to come and see YOU!!!

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  12. it is warm and dry here in VT, Maybe I'm missing it, but I'm not seeing lots of color, not yet, anyway. your little homestead look very nice, and i hope Wilder bunny comes back soon. I'm enjoying the sun and warmth-not looking forward to another Vermont winter.

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  13. It's rather sad when you have to clean up the plants in the fall. We are also looking at the calendar to get things done before the ground freezes.

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  14. If I were close by I'd buy some plants as long as you'd be willing to give advice with them. Hope your bunny is back soon. Your cabin looks so cozy in the distance like that.

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  15. I love your greenhouse. I can't wait to get mine built some day. The weather has heated up for us again.

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  16. Dry and dusty here as well. Only a few 10 or15 minute showers since early August. BUT rain (rather light showers) today starting at about 6:15 or so and still coming down, future radar shows the rain (shower) continuing until right around 3:30! Yea!!! Don't know how much that will add up to but surely is more than we've gotten for a good long time.

    Your greenhouse looks so pretty, orderly, clean and beautiful with all your plants inside. Have you made any progress on the little stove to put in the little outside entry area for cups of tea while communing with your flowers?

    Wilder is probably happily getting acquainted with his wild friends out there in the woods. It gives him less time to visit with his sweet foster Mama who took care of him when he needed it the most.

    Have you heard anything from the lady who took in the baby squirrels a few weeks ago?

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    1. Hey Vic. Well some rain is better than none. The weather people talk like we can get some rain Sunday and Monday. I sure hope they are right. I hope you are right about Wilder. I still haven't seen him. No, I haven't found a little stove yet. Poppy say an old cast iron stove would rust and ruin, left out in the weather. I'm wondering if I could make a round small fire pit with bricks and put a grate on top. I've got to come up with something. Have not heard a word from the lady with the baby squirrels. I need to call her. Thank you. I'm enjoying the canisters!!

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  17. Oh how lovely to have a spot to overwinter your plants, Henny! I'd be playing in there all the time, I'd absolutely love to have a greenhouse someday!

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  18. Henny, you may mail me a chocolate plant, LOL! I have never seen one. Your greenhouse is fabulous, all you need is a cookstove and a table and chairs and you could stay out there all winter. I don't know about eastern NC, but here in WNC, we are having a second litter of little bunny cottontails showing up, they are pretty small, so I am sure that it is a second round that I am seeing, so maybe little Wilder is out joining a bunny family. I sure hope so. Love, Terry

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  19. We are east of you, here on the coast of NC, and it has been dry, dry, dry also. We could use a few days of steady rain. Hard on the fall garden. Your shady spaces look calm and inviting, and yes, your greenhouse does look like a cozy spot for both plant and human as it gets cooler! That's important work. Have a good day! My computer/blogger is not doing a good job of sending people's comments to my email, so if I fail to reply to your comment, I'm so sorry! Wish I knew how to get it fixed :(

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  20. You have a great place to put your plants over the winter. It's been dry here too but today we got a bit of rain.
    I'm in the middle of my fall cleaning too. I just do a little bit each day. I just have the kitchen and my office to do yet.
    I've started cleaning up the gardens but still have lots to do.

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  21. I didn't realize you leave your greenhouse up over winter. I have to take mine down as the snow is just too heavy here and it would be crushed after a few snow storms. I love how your plants look so cozy in there. I spent a good part of today cleaning up the veggie garden and realized it's not near as fun as planting. :) Oh, I hope Wilder shows up tonight. Darn little critters...they're enough to drive us nuts.

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  22. I've been outside a lot this week, too, in the nicer weather. I still have two tomato plants blooming so I cleaned out the others and gave these a shot of manure and bought some kale and chard plants to set out. And our glorious hibiscus just burst into bloom once more, a surprise because we thOught it was done a couple weeks ago. Cleaning can wait, right?!

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  23. So many plants! You can clean when it is too cold to be outdoors! I hope Wilder comes back now and then so you know he is okay. You need a book to sit and read in your greenhouse! Nancy

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  24. i only have the lemon and fig in the greenhouse now but a few more will join them over the weekend. My chilli plants are in the house along with basil and coriander, it is the only way to keep them going in our climate.

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  25. I would dearly love a greenhouse it is too snowy here also to have one up all year. I just don't think I have the stamina anymore to put it up and down. Or a place to store it. They do have little ones and I am thinking of getting one of those. You do so much with yours. hugs, lJ

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  26. Maybe Wilder is a girl and had some babies. Don't they have quick gestation periods? I love your cute cabin. I'd buy a plant or two!

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  27. It is dry and dusty here too. We've had only half an inch of rain in the past six and a half weeks. I must admit to being somewhat envious of your greenhouse! It seems your housecleaning has moved outdoors where everything is looking oh-so-fine! Maybe a rain dance would be just the thing for us all!

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  28. You live in such a picturesque setting. I really love your cozy greenhouse. We have a few homes nearby who sell plants from their greenhouses. It is always a joy to visit with and purchase from individuals who do it because they love gardening. I wish you a blessed Sunday afternoon.

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  29. It's been dry and dusty here too, but last night we had a nice rain. I really like your greenhouse and if I lived close we would be stopping to buy plants!
    Hope Wilder comes by!

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  30. We are supposed to get snow this weekend, won't stick of course, but still, want me to send you a cup or two {grin} I love your organized greenhouse, it is much bigger than mine! I have a hard time staying inside too when the weather is nice! I would just much rather be outside, but for right now because of my surgery, I am having to take it easy. Hope you get some rain soon :)

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