Well well, oh to be laid off in the winter.
After two weeks of being off work much of my mental tension has been relieved and I’m almost human again. Chores and tasks that have been on hold for the last 10 months are finally starting to get done and I’ve almost caught up on a years worth of sleep deprivation. While November is probably my most hated month of the year, the short days and sleeping garden allow me to pretend to be a real person again. My garden chores are at an all time low and as night falls somewhere around 4:00pm I can actually have a life beyond plants.
Of course this doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about plants, on the contrary. In the late evenings spent on the computer I’ve been browsing plant mail-order companies, and swiping visa cards, not even the cold sting of winter will stop my insatiable appetite for strange and unusual plants. It’s a curse and a blessing all the same, I feel very fortunate to have found something I enjoy this much. I digress.
Today I went to the nursery to work on the greenhouse a couple of friends and I are building. So far it’s 32×16 lean to, next to the hottest house on the property. This should make over wintering plants much easier in the coming years, and perhaps allow me to expand my propagation madness even further. While at the nursery I also got a chance to tend to my tropical collection of which was looking a bit worse for wear. A lot of the plants are still actively growing regardless of their barely over freezing winter home, like any garden there was still work to be done. In the two weeks I’ve been gone, some of the plants had completely dried out and sagged with disapproval. Some of the others had some cold damage and had to be cleaned up to leave less opportunity for rot and/or fungus. A gardener’s job is never done.
While visiting I couldn’t help but to wonder how my good old friend, Tree Echium was doing. I must admit it’s a bit disheartening to see my once large, impressive echium, slunk down in protest against the less then tropical conditions. Sometime around the first frosts, a chill must have got into the greenhouse and my echium deflated in a hurry. While it certainly doesn’t look very happy, it’s growing tip seems healthy enough, I have a feeling it’s going to pull through. In the warm months of October it was still thriving and I watered it as regularly as I had ever done. In hindsight I think I should have let up and let it dry out a bit, when the first chills swept in I think it didn’t appreciate the wet feet. I guess I got carried away with how beautiful it was this autumn. I guess only time will tell.
More posts to come, btw thank you to all who responded so well to my plant a tree concept, a followup post is soon to follow.