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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Not Giving Up!

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Down by the shed, in the Tidy Garden, is where we put shrub & tree branches for critters to hide under & for nature to take its course.
Prior to the arrival of the greenhouse (have I mentioned the greenhouse?) I had to cut back some arching Lilac branches ('Madame Lemoine') that would have leant on the greenhouse roof. I added these to the log pile leaving them to decay.
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Despite being detached from their parent, stems in the air rather than lying on the soil, for over a month in freezing & soggy conditions, the Lilac hasn’t given up. It’s re-sprouted fresh shoots along the length of each branch.
So I’ve chopped up some of the branches & potted them up and they’re still hanging on.
What’s also not giving up are the divided sections of an indoor plant Spathiphyllum ‘Peace Lily’. The original plant was rescued from a clients frozen greenhouse and had outgrown its pot.
So far, so good.
What aren’t looking good are the plug plants I bought from Thompson & Morgan last year.
7 months on, I would have expected slightly more growth than this (these are the Salvia ‘Blue Queen above)…
…slightly more success with the Delphinium ‘Magic Fountains Mix’. Well success with 3 out of the original 24!!
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The Penstemon ‘Tubular Bells Rose’ (above) are doing ok.
We won’t mention the Echinacea ‘Primadonna’….alas no foliage to photograph but I won’t give up, not just yet.
With all the rain & grey skies we’ve had this winter, it does feel good when the sun comes out.
Don’t give up…spring will be here before you know it!


Angie said...

I'm quite sure this is the first time you've mentioned the greenhouse....not Jane ;)
A wonderful addition to your garden and you are going to have hours, nae day or months of fun I'm sure.
I won't mention the Echinacea if you don't - I have never been successful with those.
Wishing all your propagating much success.

Crafts-by-Alison.blogspot.com said...

Everything's looking good Jane even your bit for your cut off's for the wee beasties to take shelter is still tidier than my garden at the moment lol. Love Alison xx

Pam's English Garden said...

I'm trying not to give up, Jane, in spite of blizzard-like conditions out there ... so many snow storms this winter. Loved this posting -- especially your lilac story and picture. Very inspirational! P. x

Indie said...

You have a greenhouse? Hmm.. I don't think you've mentioned that before. ;)
Well, when you have plants like those lilacs, you know you have winners! I remember throwing some dianthus out over the fence into the empty lot next door one time. I was walking over there a couple months later and they were still going strong! So, back into the garden they went! Anything that can survive with no help from me (and isn't a weed) deserves a place in my garden!

elaine said...

You kept the greenhouse quiet missus. Once you have one you just can't imagine how you managed before. Looks like you're putting it to good use already.

Tammy said...

When? I need spring NOW! Great looking plants!

HELENE said...

Those lilacs deserve a pride of place when they grow up! Your garden looks lovely in the sunshine, just a shame those sunny moments are so brief – we need weeks of sunshine now :-)

HolleyGarden said...

Your lilacs are looking wonderful! I'm always a bit jealous when I see lilacs, since they don't grow this far south. But a success rate of 3 out of 24 sounds terrible, especially since you took such good care of them. Your garden is looking great, and your greenhouse is beautiful inside and out.

Casa Mariposa said...

I have a huge limb I need to cut out of my lilac. I should wait till after it blooms, but then I risk an insect infestation so I'm going to do it soon. I had planned on bringing it indoors to force, but maybe I'll add a few tiny branches to my little indoor "greenhouses". Thanks for the inspiration!

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