Tuesday, February 1
A Reward for My Laziness
This fall, I had all kinds of good intentions in regards to my new 'Brown Turkey' fig. I would pot it up in one of those huge cobalt-blue pots that I bought for a song on clearance. I would haul it all inside the garage and make sure that it overwintered happily there, to be pulled out again the following spring. I would (finally) do right by something that I planned to overwinter as successfully (and easily) as Martha, and Elliot, and so many other "real" gardeners I admire seem to be able to do. I would!
But... as you can probably tell by the close-ups of currently unfurling fig leaves that accompany this post... those good intentions wound up being more paving material for the proverbial road. I ended up carting the poor fig--still in its nursery pot!--inside on a cold December night, and unceremoniously shifted it around from kitchen corner to kitchen corner for the next two months.
I believe that it even guarded the stove for a while, until my dishwasher overflowed onto the kitchen floor... dripped down through the basement ceiling... and knocked out my furnace for a while... but that's a whole other saga. No matter who it got there, it is now happily residing in the dining room near the "plant window," and I'm getting the chance to appreciate these adorable, fuzzy leaves as they open up, one by one. So I suppose that my screwup wasn't all that bad, just for one year.
But next year... next year I WILL treat my fig tree right! I promise. Especially if it continues to delight me with yummy figs. :)
p.s. This must be the winter for "fuzzy" leaves at my house. I'm still enjoying the heck out of this fuzzy echeveria, too... and it continues to put out even more blooms: