Bringing in the Olive Trees

Back in 2013 I bought 3 olive trees in Florida and brought them home.

Our Koroneiki Greek olive tree started out very small.
Our Koroneiki Greek olive tree started out very small.

At the time they were just small twigs.

Back in January the Spanish trees got a light pruning.
Back in January the Spanish trees got a light pruning.

Now all 3 have been shaped into a lollipop shape.

I used a tray to mark the circle.
I used a tray to mark the circle.

Since the weather is starting to turn cold I decided to bring them into the house. Since we have a new floor in the conservatory I cut an old towel as a pad under the watering tray.

Old towels can be used for a number of handy items.
Old towels can be used for a number of handy items.

I simply marked an old towel with a magic marker and cut it with pinking shears.

The towel should keep the floor from becoming scratched.
The towel should keep the floor from becoming scratched.

When we had only subfloor I wasn’t worried about scratches.

The olive trees have filled out some.
The olive trees have filled out some.

I piled the big heavy pot on the towel in the conservatory window.

I hope the trees will be happier inside this year.
I hope the trees will be happier inside this year.

One down, 2 to go.

Do you do house plants?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “Bringing in the Olive Trees”

  1. Gosh, Jo, that little twig has really grown. I have an enclosed back porch that I haul plants into for the winter. By spring I’m anxious to get them out of there back outside and wonder if it’s worth doing.

  2. The olive trees are getting a good start! Jo, you really need a greenhouse–and another project! 🙂
    I have an enormous, leggy ficus that I rescued from the office. I’m trying to work up the nerve to prune it. I also have several zygocacti, which bloom their little hearts out at Thanksgiving and Easter.

  3. ooo, i like that idea! i have lots of houseplants. half are moved outside for the summer and then come back in around early october where they get a good haircut and set up in their winter spots.

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