I try to enjoy winter. I don’t have to try with spring, summer or autumn, I just enjoy them without needing to put any effort into it.
But halfway through January, I really have to start trying to enjoy winter. The closer we get to spring, the more excruciating the wait for spring becomes. I am DESPERATE to start sowing seeds, but experience tells me it is best to hold off until at least mid-February for perennials, and March for annuals.
One unexpected pleasure this winter has been the sharing of cuttings with gardening friends.
First, my wonderful colleague Tina gave me a cutting of a fuchsia. This came in a beautiful terracotta pot. She told me to only water it from the saucer below, and to remove any flower buds that might develop.This took pride-of-place on my kitchen windowsill. There is something so special about a plant given by a friend.
I was out taking a lunchtime walk at work one day, passing a small garden with a beautiful mature fuchsia by the front door. I have admired it many times, and it was one of the few plants in full flower in late October. The owner, an old lady, happened to come out of her front door as I was passing, and so I told her how much I loved that fuchsia. ‘Here’, she said, and promptly pulled a bit off the plant and handed it to me. I cradled it for the rest of my walk, put it in some water when I got back to work, and took it home with me. Sadly the cutting didn’t take, but I was so touched by that lady’s spontaneous sharing.
In the same week, the lovely Cathy, at Rambling in the Garden sent me three cuttings of salvia, one of which I had admired whilst reading her blog, and two more varieties that she just thought I would like.
Here they are, carefully packaged, as they arrived in the post:
I potted them up promptly. Taking inspiration from Tina, I chose three terracotta pots we had in the greenhouse.
I placed them on our second kitchen window-sill, moving the jugs that are usually on display there.
They have been giving me delight all through the winter, as I can see them growing.
I especially like the way their leaves are slightly translucent in the sunshine.
Every time I see these fuchsia and salvia cuttings, I feel a little warm glow inside, because human beings are generous, and like to share their blessings.
Thank you Tina, Cathy, and the lovely lady on my lunchtime walk. You are all helping me to enjoy winter.
The Mindful Gardener keeps dashing out of the back door to peer under her Rosa rugosa hedge to see if there is any sign of the snowdrops she planted there. She can see the miniature irises she planted in pots pushing up through the gravel now. Oh it is a tantalising season!
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