The other thing that the height of autumn is known for in central Indiana is a drop in temperature. Much of September was chillier than normal as a result of the hurricanes that moved through the south. I brought the potted plants in on October 1st when I saw that the low that night was 37 degrees. The nightly lows have been in the 40's and 50's the last week or two. The plants did not seem to appreciate the nightly chill.
While some plants seem to like the move indoors:
Getting color back, the Thanksgiving cactus is even setting a flower bud!
Though not everybody seems to appreciate it!
I have read that most Gerbera Daisies rarely last the winter. We will see how this one does. Can you see the cat damage? This is one of the most dangerous aspects for the plants indoors. You can see the omnivorous feline in the lower left corner eyeing her new buffet.
The thing that is difficult to see from this picture is that this entire corner of the room is taken over by plants. There are 4 tables with pots on them. The avocado tree had to go in the living room.
It is larger than last winter. It was hard to get the whole thing in the frame. The ivy in the pot got huge over the summer, too. It was cascading out of the pot in every direction. I tossed the cascades up into the pot to make it easier to move, and less inviting to the kitty. I think I better trim it back. This particular ivy roots very easily. Want a cutting?!
While the plants generally appreciate the warmer indoor temperatures, one of them seems a little confused. The Hibiscus bloomed in the night! I watched it set a bud, and I thought it would bloom the next morning, but I guess it could not wait!
During the time this plant was outside flowering, the buds would burst open first thing in the morning and then close up as the sun went down. This flower is much smaller and going on 2 days with out closing! I do not leave lights on at night, maybe it is the stable indoor temperature.
Yesterday was a beautiful Sunday. A friend and I decided to take advantage of the amazing afternoon and walk on the B-line trail . . . as did every third person in town! The bridge is finally done. It's pretty high up there!
The sun was hot and the breeze was skipping about, an amazing October afternoon.
It may be the end of warm summer afternoons, but there are still a few things blooming, soaking of the last of the hot sun.