This has been a bad brug year for a lot of us, Selma. I had finally gotten one (Flirtation) that had five blooms open and the wind blew it over and broke that limb.............baaaaaaaad year !!! This, of course, does not consider Dr. Seuss, who just keeps on blooming.............love that brug.
I am sorry about that, Bob, regroup and come on strong next year. I still have a few to bloom a few blooms..............just no flushes except Dr. Seuss. The others have anywhere from one to six blooms, and I am grateful for those. I do think some of the container brugs will bloom in the plant room over the winter.
It would be nice to have a large plant room. I have an unfinished basement that is full anyway, that I manage to stuff my stripped, clipped brugs in for winter. All they ever do is grow spider mites before they should go outside in the spring, and I can't stand seeing all the mites on the tender leaves!
My plant room is attached to my house, Selma, and located on the southwest corner of it. I have never had to use artificial heat in it .....not even last winter when we had a record breaking number of days below freezing. I am very grateful for it, and my brugs love it because they get sunshine all winter....thus allowing them to bloom.
Had a light freeze and a heavy frost last night................damaged a few of the leaves on some of my brugs as I could not put them up when the temps are going back up for a while yet. This is a very confusing time of year for me, as I am never certain when the killing freeze will come. I have everything ready to go into winter storage, just don't want to put it up too early.
I hear you, Carrie. I moved the brugs in the smaller containers onto a covered porch last week when a frost was predicted, but the ones in the big containers had to stay out, and it didn't freeze! I am reluctant to strip the leaves and put them downstairs too soon, since that gives them more time to develop spider mites. Decisions, decisions!
I have a garage that smells just wonderful. They have been in there about a week and just keep going. I will put them to sleep for the winter as soon as Hubby puts up the enclosure under the front eave of the house for me.
I was a couple of days late. It froze, and the leaves and blooms dissolved. It really hurt to cut off the blooms that were just starting to open. Those were the ones that I couldn't get under cover. The rest are on the deck, under cover. They need to get stripped and in the basement. Selma