Many of the 'southern' gardeners seem to think that all winter, we 'northern' gardeners are sitting by the hearth, wrapped in a warm afghan with wool socks on our feet, browsing through seed catalogs and dreaming of spring.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
First of all, you should know that if you sit by a warm fire wrapped in an afghan, you'll fall asleep in ten minutes, and the seed catalogs will slip from your hands on to the floor. (So I've heard.)
Plus, there is no time for sitting by the fireplace. I have a lot of indoor gardening work to do. A lot, I tell you.
First, I have to do something about this amaryllis. Putting this sign up has certainly coaxed it to flower, but I would have preferred it if the flower stem had grown a little taller first. I think the main problem is "cheap bulbs".
I've learned my lesson.
I have a cactus problem to deal with, too. Here's the "mother" cactus plant. And here is the 'baby' cactus I rooted when a stem fell off the mother cactus a few years ago.
This cactus used to have another longer stem dangling over the edge of the pot, but over time, where the stem touched the edge of the pot, it rotted, and look what happened sometime in the last day or so.
Crash! The stem fell off and as did all the little side stems on it.
Now I must decide. Do I try to root all of these stem pieces, or compost them? I didn't really want to have a lot of cactus plants, but it seems a shame to waste them. I should at least try to root them, right? Hey, I could give the baby cactus away, maybe put them in my nieces and nephews' Easter baskets?
I've also got an African violet situation to deal with. These two violets have formed multiple crowns and should be divided up. I'm guessing from these two African violet plants, I'll end up with five plants, plus I have another African violet that I rescued earlier this fall. So two becomes five plus one equals six. Remember when I boldly announced that you should only have one African violet per decade of your age? This would put me WELL OVER the limit, if we follow that rule. I'll have to give at least one to my sister, 'Sister with the Homestead', so she can be convinced that she can grow houseplants. After all, it's her birthday today, this would make a great gift!
Other gardening tasks that involve the indoor plants include:
- Divide up the aloe plants. These plants grow like weeds, even indoors. Plus, mine are the last plants that still seem to have a touch of mealybug, so I want to completely remove them from their pots, hose 'em down and re-root new cuttings. These MUST be saved because they were some my grandmother had.
-Repot the Jewel Orchid, Ludisia discolor, just as soon as it finishes blooming, and it should bloom in time for January's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. I am embarrased about how pot bound I've let it get.
- Go through and give all the orchids a little TLC. They just need a little attention right now to keep them looking their best and coaxing them to flower. Plus, there are bound to be a few orchid shows around here in January, and if I feel like I am properly taking care of the orchids I have, I'll feel like I can buy 'just a few more' to add to those I already have.
- Figure out what to plant in my terrarium and just plant it. Maybe some smaller orchids?
- Clean up the dead leaves on the four poinsettia plants my sister-in-law made me take home on Christmas Day. I am actually thinking about trying to get them to rebloom for next year. They cost me nothing, so I can experiment a bit with them and not feel bad if they die and I have to compost them.
- Pot up the Christmas cactus starts, even if it isn't in the container I really want to grow them in.
- Find some ivy to start working on some bonsai of some kind.
- Get the hyacinth bulbs out of the refrigerator so I can force them in to bloom. I hope they don't bloom on short stems like that amaryllis.
Does all this make me seem like some kind of crazy plant lady?
Do I look like a crazy plant lady?