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!