Thursday, April 12, 2007

Crazy Things, part 1

I saw a fun meme at Annie's "The Transplantable Rose" blog, she got it from here. We are to list 5 crazy things a gardening addict would admit to doing. Well, right off, I thought of 2 things I have done. Not really sure they are crazy, I might need a bit more thought on that.

1. Stealth gardening.
I have on a few occasions sprinkled seeds into unused pots sitting in courtyards or in front of office buildings.
I lived in an apartment building once, which had a courtyard in the center. There were a few big pots sitting there, with dried up dirt in them. After looking at them for a few months, I thought I would plant some zinnia seeds in them, watered them faithfully, and soon enough, the pots were filled with gorgeous flowers.
I worked in a building with several giant pots sitting out front. There were dead sticks in the pots all winter long. Come spring, I threw in some easy growing flower seeds, california poppies, nigella, nasturtiums. They looked so wonderful all summer with a continuos show of flowers. In the autumn I put in some cheap bulbs for the following year.

Rescued plants.
Sometimes a variety shop would sell pots of plants, the plants are frequently neglected. I have come across bits of plants lying on the floor, broken from its parent plant. Well, those go strait into my pocket, it'll be swept away soon enough anyway. At home, the cutting goes in some water, and hopefully soon, I have a new plant!
I have a cactus that was obtained in this way, many years ago. I put a broken piece in my jacket pocket one autumn. Then I forgot about it, and switched to wearing my winter coat for the rest of the season. Come spring, I switched back to my jacket, and found the piece of cactus still in my pocket. It had been slumbering in my pocket all winter. I stuck it in dirt, and it grew! I still have it today, actually now there are 2 cacti, a piece broke off the Mom plant again.

I'll have a think about what 3 more wacky things I would admit to.


Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Thanks for picking up the meme, Salix Tree ~ I like what you've written so far, but of course don't think you're crazy at all, just a dedicated gardener.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

April 13, 2007 7:02 am  
Blogger Entangled said...

Stealth gardening - I love it! I did this last year to a strip of bare dirt along my neighbor's garage, and this is my first public admission of it.

The neighbors rarely go outside and never see this spot, but I see it every day from my kitchen and dining room windows. I planted Cosmos and Cleome. They didn't do all that well because I was trying to avoid being detected, and so didn't do much cultivation. This year I may do more. :-) I've always wanted to plant a morning glory next to their deck.

April 13, 2007 1:17 pm  
Blogger A wildlife gardener said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I especially love all your art work and your poetry and your cross stitch. You are multi-talented, I can see. Great ideas growing seeds in empty pots too. We have a love of cats in common too. you can see mine in my photo a day blog and in my watercolours.

April 13, 2007 5:43 pm  
Blogger Yolanda Elizabet said...

Stealth gardening, it's a thing! ;-)

It all sounds very normal to me but perhaps I'm just another crazy gardener? Who cares, as long as it makes us happy!

April 13, 2007 7:14 pm  

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