Putting Plantings Away For Winter

(credit: Phran Novelli)

(credit: Phran Novelli)

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By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The annuals are winding down. All fall it was cute still seeing flowers in so many pots, but then one hanging basket on one side of my door stopped blooming while the other one kept going, making things look uneven in a way that made me lean to one side.

The cherry tomatoes that couldn’t stop making flowers even while they didn’t have enough energy to finish the fruit they’d already started – off with their heads! Or at least out with their roots, and enough with those annuals and pots for the year.

I’ve shuffled them off to the garage to survive as well as they can from the sunshine they find there. Lots of them will go quiet for winter and perk right up again in the spring when they come back out to play.

The only annuals I still have outside are those stuck in containers that I keep out all year. Keep going geraniums, carry on petunias, and the amazing lobelia I was afraid would die in the heat of July? I do think it’s cool that you’re still blooming in November.

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