Now that I finally have access to the third floor, I can take advantage of the huge skylight over the stairwell. The sun pours in for a few hours at midday, and it's always wonderfully bright. When the sun is low, as it is all winter, it reaches all the way into the back of the wide stairwell up to the deck. A number of key plants came inside just before the first cold night. (Coleus suffer even at 40 degrees). I could just pull the plant, pot and all, out of the ground, cut it back and clean it up a bit, and bring it in. The winter garden pansies, in their pots, were dropped right into the empty holes. Works like a charm!
As you can see, the plants seem to love it. Me too! Now there's a nice sunny spot to sit during the winter.
Nancy Freeman is a native of California who lives now in Washington, DC. A lifelong artist, she paints portraits and other commissions for a living, which keeps her traditional skills tuned and supports her decades-old obsession with computer art, and pastel painting.
She is currently using her 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th computers, but remembers when Dick Tracy had to make do with a two-way wrist radio.