1 The covered porch overlooking the farm was nicely decorated with tropical plants. Staghorn ferns adorned the walls.
2 There were also plenty of hanging baskets and potted succulents.
3 All of the plants were removed from the front porch, making it look suddenly barren.
4 The tables were turned upside down and place upon small wooden blocks to protect the painted tabletops.
5 The chairs are made of steel and are quite heavy. They should be fine where they are.
6 The hanging baskets and potted succulents were transported to their winter home in the greenhouse.
7 And then there was the shade pergola where many tropical plants live for the summer.
8 This pergola is located right off the greenhouse adjacent to the headhouse.
9 Wilmer and the rest of the crew moved all the hanging plants into the greenhouse.
10 The other glass house, called the cold house is providing temporary shelter for certain large tropicals.
11 My citrus collection was summering next to the shade pergola.
12 That, too, was taken to shelter.
13 The citrus trees joined the other tropical plants in the cold house.
14 It takes a lot of stamina to move so many plants in such a short period of time.
15 All of the vegetables mature enough to be harvested were picked or pulled from the ground. These are all of the onions. They are curing in the greenhouse headhouse to develop dry outer skins for better storage.
16 And hardneck varieties of garlic were also picked for curing. Hardneck garlic has wonderful and deep flavor.
17 Needless to say, I always worry about this glass house and my fingers were crossed.
18 It was decided that these plants would remain huddled beneath the shade pergola and we will hope for the best.
19 During the temperate season, the terrace is furnished with outdoor tables, chairs, and benches.
20 All that outdoor furniture was removed from the terrace.
21 It looks so barren without it, especially at the peak of the summer season.
22 The furniture was relocated to the carport for the duration of the storm and will be set up outside again until it's time for winter storage.
23 And what is hiding behind the vented wall?
24 It's the generator room, which houses a very serious generator - one of two on my property. It's comforting to have a generator, but it's nothing I ever want to have to come on.
25 The courtyard on the backside of my house is rather protected from the wind. We decided to move its furniture to this sunken area and to huddle the smaller potted plants together.
26 You may recall seeing photos of the giant potted alocasia. They are simply too large to move so quickly and will remain outdoors.
27 Shaun did take some precaution and wrapped the stems together.
28 He used a type of plastic binding tape for this. We will see....
29 This is one of the original apple trees on the farm and it is quite old.
30 Sadly, the other morning, I discovered one of its large branches hanging down, as it had developed a severe crack.
31 I was devastated to think that such a large portion of the tree would be lost.
32 Shaun, one of my gardeners, is also an arborist and instead of removing the branch, he wanted to see if it could be saved by hoisting it up and propping it with a support. It was no small feat!
33 Shaun cut this tree support in the woods and both a car jack and plenty of muscle was used to raise the broken limb.
34 I'll be sure to keep you informed as to this apple tree's ongoing condition.
35 With Hurricane Irene approaching, I became concerned about some of the other old apple trees, which suddenly seemed so vulnerable to me.
36 I asked Shaun to support a few more branches which may be stressed in heavy winds. Here he is digging a hole to sink a cinder block into as the base for the upright support.
37 The cinder block was lowered into the hole.
38 And the tree support was positioned in place.
39 The apple branch is now resting on its support.
40 The cinder block was covered over with soil. There are many other ways to support branches, but this is a good example of an emergency method.
41 Shaun was off to support two more apple trees.