|Dormant garden bed|
The vegetable garden is dormant now. It is considered dormant because our growing season has passed for this year and the ground is cleared and bare. If I showed you this picture in June, and it was still bare ground, I would call it fallow ground because that's what bare ground that isn't planted during the growing season is called.
I've been thinking a lot about fallow ground lately.
In one of the garden beds, I planted winter rye as a cover crop.
|Winter rye cover crop|
I should sow more cover crops in future years.
I spent quite a bit of time this morning looking at the garden border that I call The Shrubbery.
It never seems quite full enough, quite lush enough for me. But then I looked at the shrubs in the back and duh, how long have I been gardening? I figured it out. If one is going to plant a garden that is mostly shrubs, some of which will grow rather large, one must realize that it is going to take a few years for it to fill in.
I promise I will be more patient with The Shrubbery, and not over plant it, though I still may add a path through it.
Inside, I noted that the Thanksgiving cacti are both blooming now.
I was patient, and she was gracious enough to give me a cutting.
It clashes nicely with the pink flowering Thanksgiving cactus that I bought about 15 years ago.
Readers may recall that a few weeks ago, I planted up the Wardian case. The very one that sat empty, fallow, for eight years. Here's a bird's eye view of what's growing in it now.
Starting in the lower left, I have a little amaryllis, offshoot of some amaryllis I was repotting. Who could not plant up a little baby amaryllis bulb to see how long it takes to grow to blooming size? No self-respecting plant geek would have thrown it out.
In the upper left is a creeping fig. I bought it when I thought I didn't have enough plants on hand for the Wardian case. I may have to take it out if it gets too crowded in there.
In the upper right is an arrowhead plant, one that came out of a planter from my Mom's funeral. It's hard to believe that was over a year ago. I have several plants from funeral planters that I am keeping going for as long as possible. These new plants are a good companion for some pothos vine that originally came from funeral planters from my Dad's funeral over 25 years ago.
Yes, you can keep houseplants growing for a long time.
The pot just below the arrowhead plant is a little plantlet of Tasmanian violets, Viola banksii, that I'm attempting to root. So far so good. The other three little pots are Viola labradorica, which I transplanted from outside just when they were starting to go dormant. They responded by drying up, but, but, but, I could see a tiny bit of green coming up from the roots so I am babying them through and hope they continue to grow and one day, hopefully in the middle of winter, they will flower for me. For me!
The rest of the sunroom is not as exciting as the Wardian case.
You know, if I move some of those pots closer together, I think I have room for more plants. I need some Christmas cactus, maybe other holiday plants, some bulbs to force...
Random pictures of the garden of the garden can be dangerous. You study them, you learn from them, and then you go out and buy more plants.