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January 29, 2010 - Janet DelTurco
My thoughts are mostly with the possibilities for outside this coming spring, and I am afraid the inside plants have been sadly neglected. I am going to have to throw out a basket of bacopa and a nice twirly kind of succulent which I can't identify, but which was attractive enough to bring the basket in and try to keep it going for another summer. I let it dry out unfortunately. I also lost my bay, but the rosemaries on the kitchen windowsill are clinging to life. I have three Purple King setcreaseas which are flourishing, and the three ivies are doing well. In spite of my neglect, the tender plants from the fairy garden which have to winter inside are still doing well. Which reminds me, the thyme and all the mosses in the fairy garden proper, the one outside, are still green and look just as they did in the fall. Every time the snow melts I expect to see that they have gone brown and sickly, but they defy cold weather wonderfully so far. My cordyline and the enormous cactus are doing OK. Another 12 weeks and they can go back out! At least February is a short month. I watch the mail every day for that fat envelope of seeds that will be coming soon. The real, and unexpected success of the winter is a pot of double impatiens which I nurtured for a few weeks, and then cut off a large number of stems and put them in water with the expectation that they would root. They had different plans evidently, and they all withered and died. But I had left the pot with the roots and bottom stems on a table in the basement, and looking at it this week with the intention of taking it out to the compost pile, I found all kinds of shoots growing from the cut stems! So that has been promoted to a sunny window upstairs, where it will be joined in a few weeks by the newly resurrected geraniums. I saved 17 of them this year. I am superstitious about looking at them until the end of February, to see if any leaves are appearing. Every year since I started this process, five or six I think, they have almost all come through for me. But that is no guarantee. Since my neighbor Kathy showed me how well hers did every year, I have instructed dozens of people how do do this, as well as writing about it often. But still I am always afraid that some time the magic won't happen. So I had better stop wasting time rattling on here, and pick up a watering can for these poor neglected plants.
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