Some of my houseplants are a bit on the untidy side. This Swedish Ivy, Plectranthus australis, seems to drop quite a few leaves.
Swedish Ivy is an extremely easy houseplant to grow. This one grows in a north window and gets some water every couple of weeks. I started it from a three inch cutting that I "pinched" from one of my sisters who had it in a hanging basket on her deck one summer.
That plant probably ended up in the compost bin, but its "daughter plant" is doing quite well.
But it does drop a few leaves on occasion.
I am wondering if subconsciously I didn’t let all these leaves fall without sweeping them up so I could have something garden-wise to do?
My garden-wise activity was to get the rake and rake them up.
I made a nice little pile of leaves and debris from the plant. It wasn't quite big enough to jump in or even big enough to bother taking to the compost pile.I guess I’d call this “micro gardening” or maybe “pseudo gardening”. Believe you me, it’s no substitute for the real thing outdoors. It's like cross country skiing indoors on a ski machine.
What? You say I could have just used the vacuum to clean up those leaves? Well, what fun would that be? How does one stay in shape for gardening with a sweeper? And what kind of picture would that be for my blog, one of my old sweeper sucking up those leaves?
No, I had to use the rake to make it seem like gardening.
Later, I’m going to work on the ultimate winter exercise machine for the gardener. I’m calling it the “mowmill”. It will be like a treadmill, only you will have to push forward on it like you are pushing a lawn mower. And what do you think, should I include the sound of the mower to make it more realistic? (The sound of an old fashioned reel mower that is, thanks, Annie, for the suggestion.)