Serendib garden journal: Time for the seasonal shift

This morning, I took the tropicals outside — it’s a lovely feeling. The house now feels less crowded (it’s a Victorian, so the rooms are small, and seem even smaller when crowded with my tropical plants over the winter), and the back deck is full of inviting greenery now. (Also some party detritus, which I need to clear away, so ignore that bit, please.) Bougainvillea, curry leaf plant, mandevilla, fig, hibiscus. There are a few more upstairs that need to come out, but I have to catch my breath first!

Later today or tomorrow, I’ll run over to Luurs, our local garden store, and pick up herbs and flowers for the window box planters and hanging baskets. I’m hopeful that this year, I can really get my drip lines and timers set up properly so that I don’t lose plants due to my inadequate watering; I’m honestly TERRIBLE at remembering to water such things, but we put in drip lines in the front baskets last year (using the snip-and-drip system from Gardener’s Supply), and I just have to make sure all the hoses have survived the winter and are working properly. Fingers crossed. If I could do drip lines and a timer for the back deck too, that would be amazing — we’ll see how ambitious we get!

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