Shift #43

My word for 2021 is shift. Like everyone I know, I’ve learned a lot, since this time last year. One of the biggest things I’ve learned is that change and uncertainty just are. Since I’m not in control of much more than which yoga pants, Zoom-appropriate top, and slippers I’ll wear each day, I needed to figure out how I could deal with all the change and uncertainty. That’s where shifting comes in.

For me, shifts involve acceptance and adjustment. I know I don’t have much control, but I have unlimited choices. I can shift

Some of my recent shifts have been pretty significant. Some have been tiny. Some haven’t happened, yet. And I’m sure I’ll make a lot of shifts I can’t even imagine.

As much as I rejoice in this season of the year, I’m always left in a quandary when The Shift starts. That shift when the mums are starting to fade, last summer’s gorgeous hydrangeas look like they’re ready for sweaters, and the tender future of the tropical plants leaves me baffled.

Almost every year, I seem to kill at least one tropical, when I bring it inside for the winter. Last year, it was my beloved Key Lime Tree. This year, I’m especially concerned about the plant pictured above.

Among the many things I am not, A Gardner is at the top of the list. So, my dear gardening pals out there – HELP! How do I help this beauty make The Shift this year?

  • What is it?
  • It’s currently thriving in a mid-sized concrete planter. How do I best transplant it and when?
  • How should my watering/fertilizing shift while it’s inside?
  • When do I move it back outside.
  • And what else do I need to know about it?

I know I could get these answers on Google, but I love this plant. And it feels more personal to ask y’all? Thanks, I’m advance, for sharing your wisdom!

4 thoughts on “Shift #43

  1. 🌺 It looks like my pink Dipladenia, which I am also quite fond of. If you can, move your heavy concrete planter inside in a sunny window. Only water when it is really dry. Fertilize when you move it back outside in the spring. 🌺. Enjoy Lisa. 😀

  2. Is it a camellia? The leaves lead me to think it might be. They come in such splendid variety it’s a little hard to tell from the flowers. In that case, it might NOT be that tender. My October blooming camellia and my February-March blooming camellia both are planted outdoors permanently.

  3. Thanks, Paula! My concrete planter isn’t very mobile. So wish me luck in trying to carefully move the diplandenia into a new container and inside! Hey, a gal can hope!

  4. Thanks, Penny. Nope it’s not a camellia, but I wish I had one of those. Maybe next spring!

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