Sunday, 21 May 2017
garden notes - May II
rosemary cuttings around the edge of a basket
Until recently I did not have much success with cuttings. This has been more to do with simple neglect, getting distracted, than the cutting being 'wrong', I think. In the past I would take cuttings and put them in a small pot, perhaps cover the pot with a plastic bag, and put it somewhere to then forget about it, oh dear.... Now I take the cuttings and put them around the edge of the container the parent plant lives in, so that I am reminded of them. The cuttings do take longer, perhaps, being outside and not on a windowsill, but they do actually make roots and become their own plant. So, some success.... The rosemary cuttings above have a fair chance, perhaps not all will make roots, but at least a few, and a few is all I need with a small garden. I have done this successfully for other plants such as penstemon growing in a pot. I'm also experimenting with layering thyme and will report back on that.
sempervivum in a blue and white pot I bought from a charity shop
ferns are really coming to life with beautiful colouring - this one is in a metal container just outside the kitchen door - it seems to like its sheltered spot with shade and a little afternoon sun
(a post of new artwork tomorrow)