Last week I got my first seed catalog. Usually, that triggers a desire to get out into the yard and get my garden prepped, but we just had two snowstorms in two weeks. Additionally, I don’t need any more seeds right now. There are enough left over from the last couple of years that are still good. Plus, the garden was deeply neglected last year because I don’t do heat and last summer was a scorcher. It appears that I will need to dig out the beds and start over, which I am dreading.
However, I am still in a planting mood. Over the holidays, I acquired a Christmas cactus and a poinsettia for my office. That prompted me to re-pot the terribly sad Thanksgiving cactus, an aloe from my sister (an offshoot from one I got when I was four years old), and my insane spider plant that are kept at home. For some reason, those are the indoor plants that I find myself unable to kill.
With the nearly 70 degree temperature yesterday, I found myself at the greenhouse while out running errands. I have been thinking about trying a bonsai for some time so I headed over to the part of the shop where they are displayed. The ready-made bonsai plants were too expensive to consider, but the greenhouse sells the pots and plenty of young plants used for bonsai.
I chose a serissa variagated snow rose because it is reputed to bloom profusely with hundreds of tiny star-shaped flowers. Flowering plants are a bit of a weakness. Of course, after coming home and researching what I purchased, it turns out that this is one of the more difficult plants for a beginner, and the regular potting soil I keep on hand is too peaty for this type of plant. Amazon Prime to the rescue! The right soil, some screen, wire, and a few tools will be here later in the week so I can get started.
In the meantime, I repotted some ugly Chinese evergreen rescued from the trash at the office. If they live, yay. If not, at least I tried, right?