My Strawberry "Fern" is still making fruit. It and its many, many offspring are also still sending out runners, and it's driving me to distraction. I have told them to stop it. Yesterday I cut off all their long sappy green tendrils. It felt like murder. Moiduh. I have potted over a dozen, and some of those small plants are making fruit, too. I feel they must be wasting energy, trying to make even more plants, in September. Then again, the weather at the moment is back to summer.
Possibly I should move the whole brood to the roof, to large pots that will soon have their tomato residents removed. The roof farm was not meant to be permanent fixture. It was a whim.
Speaking of Fern. It was grown by my plant pal, Jim Glover, whose Glover Perennials nursery selling wholesale, superb perennials and vines is on the North Fork of Long Island (if you live in this area lobby your local retail nursery to buy his plants. They really are excellent in terms of quality and variety. When I first started learning about plants in the Northeast, it was the labels on Jim's perennials and in his catalogue that taught me half of what I know: from native to deer proof to drought tolerant to shade to sun to fall to late summer).
Anyhoo, I received an email from him today, saying that he had received an email, from someone who had read my Fall Flowers piece on Shelterpop, and the question was about the wisdom of fall planting - Is it OK? Yes, he answered, It most certainly is.
Klaus brought up the subject in a comment on the Plectranthus post, too.
So, a new crusade (you know I like them). Fall is an excellent time to plant. I will gather my wits and facts and post about it, soon.