Having been home for almost two weeks with a cold that I didn’t want to pass on to anyone else at this tricky time, I am beginning to feel a bit lonely, so I may be writing posts on my blog more often, since talking to my blog seems a bit better than talking to myself.
I have never been someone who could be said to have Green Fingers, in fact I used to categorise them as “Brown and Crinkly”.
However in spite of this I have always managed to keep some plants going, indoors and out.
In my previous house having acquired a spider plant I managed to keep at least one of them on the go for a long time and they were easy to propagate.
When my younger daughter was six she brought home a Mexican Hat plant in a small white plastic cup. This was potted up and, for what I think must be at least the next thirty years, there was always a Mexican Hat plant on the kitchen window sill.
They would grow slowly and after, I think, a couple of years they would grow really tall and need to be supported with a bamboo. Then they would flower and finally collapse.
But of course there were always many many babies to carry on. Sometimes several pots worth. I would then choose the best two or three for the big pot.
It is a really poor photograph but can you see how new baby plantlets grow on the edge of the leaves.
The photographs were ones taken after I moved to my present house.
You can also see in the photograph a begonia that I managed to propagate from a piece broken from a plant at work. Interestingly, at work the flowers were white but when planted by me they became pink with a reddish tinge to the leaves as well. This was re-potted and propagated for many years.
Since living in this house, a friend bought me a Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) and this was divided and re-potted several times, until it became too onerous.
As I have grown older the business of re-potting plants has become more and more of a burden until I finally decided to give up and only have crocheted ones.
So my crochet cactus
Which I could never keep in flower for long in real life.
The one plant that I would have liked to keep was my Christmas Cactus, that gave me so much pleasure in the depths of every winter. Unfortunately a couple of years ago it got that it needed re-potting or indeed restarting from a tiny piece as it was too big for the window sill. But I think that was about the time I had cancer and by the time I had the energy to deal with it, it was dead.
I did have a prolific ordinary cactus that flowered once or twice.
Cactus flowers are so beautiful and delicate. But that too had to go in the end.
Hence my desire to create some more crochet plants for my Kitchen windowsill and, who knows, maybe elsewhere as well.
I do have some knitted roses in the sitting room.
Do you have house plants and what do you think of having artificial instead?