Apparently, now is the time to divide plants and take semi-ripe cuttings. Unsure of how to do this, and what to try it on, I looked it up here.
I want to try and keep these pelargoniums going over winter by bringing them into the conservatory; but just in case, I’m going to take cuttings, especially as I have four red plants and only one pink – the lottery of buying plants from the ‘rescue’ shelf.
I only have the one hardy fuchsia – I need more as I want to use them for an informal hedge. So I’m going to take lots of semi-ripe cuttings (says she, hopefully) and see how they go.
This is my ‘dwarf’ olive. It’s overgrown and out of shape – and it’s never had an olive on it despite being in this bed for at least ten years. Plus it’s likely to poke someone (me) in the eye unless it’s pruned back.
This is the final border that I want to redesign and the olive, along with a six feet tall bay tree, had got to come out. But I like the colour of the foliage and it’s very good for holding delicate or floppy flowers in a vase, AND you can bend it easily to make an excellent winter wreath.
I’m looking at all the gaps where the sunflower seeds used to be – and wondering if I’ll have a raised bed full of them come next summer. But I’ll gather some seed from this plant as, out of the two I have, this one has produced lots of smaller sunflowers, while the other remained a single.
I always forget about houseplants – other than watering them. I was given this orchid by a friend when I left work in 2014. It’s still in the original pot and I’ve never changed the compost or added feed when I water.
It’s flowered every year and is now on it’s second stem. It’s only ever had one pair of leaves. I’ve seen transparent pots, orchid compost and orchid feed but I worry that disturbing the roots may cause it to die.
I’d actually like to see it growing in a more natural way rather than clipped to a stick with a hair-grip!
Spider plants must be the easiest plants to grow. Two years ago I planted up lots of ‘babies’ and now I have a houseful. I’ve given them away as presents but friends and family don’t want anymore!
But I have a cunning plan! A few weeks ago, while dropping off my own unwanted items at a local charity shop, I spotted these decorative birdcages. They are quite small, only 7 inches across, though a 7 inch plant pot saucer is too big. I intend to hang these from a hook in the corner of my kitchen and put a spider plant in each one – thus keeping them in one place – and making a ‘feature’ of them. Photos may follow at a later date!
Other jobs to do:
- Pull out the sweetcorn plants – only one edible cob out of four and the others are not going to grow further. Done
- Sew a tray of salad leaves to grow indoors Done
- Plant garlic cloves
- Pull a few of the fatter leeks for freezing
- Empty my ’emergency’ water storage bins and re-use them to store all the leaves I’m going to be sweeping up from my patio – courtesy of my next-door neighbours. I don’t have a single tree in my own garden.
- Weed the raised beds and any stray pots which have young nettles coming up – again courtesy of one of my neighbours.
- Buy and plant more bulbs for spring colour.
- Recycle all the cardboard boxes/tubes and food cans I ‘hoarded’ over the summer for starting off seeds.
- Empty and clean the water-feature and put away until next year. The pump is solar powered and is working less often now.
I think that’s enough to be getting on with – don’t you? What jobs will you be doing?