I didn’t realize I had been AWOL from the Propagator’s Six on Saturday following for several months! It’s a little embarrassing, but I must have been busy. . .sewing? working? reading? In any case, the weather here was very nice this past week – temperatures up into the 70’s – and although it cooled back down again today to a more normal 50 or so, still it was sunny and nice enough to go outside.
Here is what I have to share:
1. Beautiful Hellebores
Hellebores are reproducing like crazy in my backyard and spreading out through the fence into the garden. Interestingly, the white (stinking) hellebores are largely on one side of the yard and the colorful ones on the other side. Occasionally they are found together and I wonder whether they will hybridize? Both varieties make thousands of seedlings, only hundreds of which survive the summer; still enough to crowd out much of the grass and sometimes even English ivy! Remarkable!
2. Winter Propagation
My late winter evaluation of seeds is in progress. I found a box of seeds meant to be sown in Fall 2017. Oops! Baby sweet potatoes I had harvested late that fall and stuck in the box are now sprouting. Those will now join others on my windowsills to green up in anticipation of spring planting.
I planted one bag of the 2017 green pea seeds today. I have fenceline sufficient for another bag, but will need to find a home for the rest. I don’t think these will last much longer without being planted.
Garlic chive seeds that have been drying on my kitchen counter for several months were threshed today. I think dried chive flowers are pretty.
The butternut-like squash (they’re not, but I can’t remember what they were called) have been “roasting” under a flourescent light for two, maybe three years, proving that Nature’s seed packets are truly the best.
And a branch of cuban oregano is rooting in a glass (along with some sprigs of a sedum) so that I won’t be without it in the garden next summer.
3. New Growth
My first daffodil bloom of 2019!
Butterfly bush putting on lots of new leaves (that will probably be frozen off when our weather gets really cold again), catnip thickening up, and clematis leafing out.
4. House Plants
I got rid of all my house plants when I got my cats just over a year ago, but somehow they are creeping back into my house. I keep them in a room by themselves behind a locked door, however. . . except for the ones in the kitchen. . . see Propagation, above.
Okay, call me weird. I keep things like this bird’s nest around, just to look at.
6. Who’s Always Working?
Even in the dead of winter, these guys are always hard at work creating great garden soil for me. I’m so appreciative!