1 This is the plastic greenhouse where many of my tropical plants are stored during cold weather. They actually spend about seven months of the year in this heated shelter.
2 Before my last trip to Skylands, when we planted the outdoor urns, I chose several plants from this greenhouse to be trucked up to Maine to be planted in those urns - ponytail palm, staghorn ferns, bird's nest ferns, agaves, etc.
3 This is the enclosed trailer that we often use when moving plants and bulky objects. The drive from Bedford to Maine takes about eight hours.
4 Phurba and Chhiring began loading the trailer.
5 One must be careful when moving large agave plants because their fleshy leaves have spiked ends that can puncture and really hurt.
6 To keep the plants from falling over during transport, the largest pots were tied securely to the side rails of the trailer.
7 Phurba tied as many plants as would fit to one side of the trailer.
8 More plants were brought in to fill up the other side.
9 Adjustable cinch straps and hooks were also used to secure these large and heavy plants.
10 To protect floppy leaves and fronds during travel, Phurba carefully bundled them together with soft twine.
11 To create more plant supports, Chhiring had an idea to use wooden stakes.
12 Chhiring cut the stakes to fit the width of the trailer and secured them to the sides.
13 Smaller plants were loaded into plastic bins.
14 The bins were set between the wooden support stakes.
15 The bins were rearranged and packed in tightly.
16 You don't want the plants to have any room for shifting around and getting damaged.
17 The packing was nearly complete.
18 The bins were then tied securely to the stakes.
19 This may seem like a lot of effort, but...
20 After nurturing these plants for so many years, no one, especially me, wants to see them damaged in any way. We want everyone to be happy, just like Wilmer!