August 21, 2012

Ferns On The Porch


The ferns that I planted on my porch this year are still going strong. I was afraid they would look a little worse for wear by now with all the heat we've had this year, but they look as good as the day I bought them. I really did nothing special to them, just watered them thoroughly once a week.


Now if I can only figure out what to do with them when it gets cold here. They can't stay outside, but I really don't have a good place for them inside. Does anyone know if they would overwinter in my garage? We're right on the cusp of 5b to 6a on the plant hardiness zone maps (so roughly -15 to -5).

And if you think I just pulled that out of my head or anything, I found an interactive plant hardiness zone map online from Plant Maps where you put your zip code in and voila it spits out your zone number. I just love the internet!

Speaking of porches, there's a new ebook out and I'm in it!


It's from the same people that featured my Summer front porch on their website, but this 251 page ebook features my Fall front porch from last year plus a whole lot of other porch ideas, recipes and more. Can you believe it's already time to start thinking about Fall decor?

You can click on the photo of the book to check out the details and buy it for $6.97.

Disclosure: A small portion of the ebook sales goes to Sheba, Otis, Lacey and myself (the animals have to get their split).

I wanted to thank everyone who gave me their opinion on my ouija board yesterday. So much to think about now!


13 comments:

  1. I do not think they will make it in an unheated room with those low temps Pam. someone else may know differently. I tried to over winter a few things on our covered deck here and they all died and it never gets that cold here. Could you keep them in a spare bath tub or basement area? They will shed and make a huge mess of course.

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  2. they thrive on humitiy....love steam from bathrooms...but i would doubt they will make it as house plant or even in a garage......shame but even the attempt to keep is such a dirtyyyyyyyyy try leaves everywhere.

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  3. Maybe you could make some type of plastic wrapped frame around them and a heat bulb over them. They might make it! Last year, my husband frame me up a little room outside and enclosed it with scrap clear fiberglass that we had. (Some people use plastic) I used wood pallets for the floor and a couple of high voltage lights. All my plants made it though the winter! It was so nice to have nice full plants in the spring without spending an arm and a leg!

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  4. I have successfully overwintered them in a sunny room INSIDE. I don't think they will make it in the garage though. I do love them and am going to try and work three of them into my house this Fall. xo Diana

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  5. Your ferns do still look gorgeous! I hope you get some good advice about wintering over. I agree with above, tried to keep a Boston fern in the livingroom one year and it made such a mess before Thanksgiving that I didn't keep it long after that.

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  6. Congrats on the book feature! I miss my ferns. I had giant ones in Texas. I think you could possibly over winter them in the garage. I'd make sure they were off the cold floor and in the warmest spot.
    Brenda

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  7. Sorry, Pam, but they will croak inthe garage. they still need some heat. I know from experience- and you and I get pretty much the same weather. I now bring them in and stash them in an unused bedroom. this year, the room will be full! but it certainly saves on buying new ones in the spring. Mine all flourished! find a place......

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  8. Congratulations on your porch feature, Pam!! As for the ferns, I'm thinking they probably wouldn't survive...I don't really know though.

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  9. I have no good advice for you.
    I once had beautiful ferns that I tried to keep over the winter. I carried them to the 2nd floor shower once a week and gave them a nice drink. Sadly, they still died.
    m.

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  10. If you had a sunroom, I'd say put the ferns there. Otherwise, don't know??? That is wonderful about the book. Already all decorated for autumn here at my house. Summer has been completely discarded. Was tired of it regardless of the calender. LOL

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  11. Beautiful ferns.
    Such old fashioned and charming plants :)
    I'm not sure that they will winter over.. talk to your local nursery.

    Can you find a place in a sunny window to hang them?

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  12. Good luck with the ferns, they are beauties.

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  13. nice to see you today! hope you found some treasures!

    Polly

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