Yes, I know what I was saying earlier in the week, but that was before the snow turned to rain and sleet, and before I had to run around doing errands in it. It reminded me all too sharply of what winter usually consists of here in Central Ohio.
But the snow is really pretty when it is fresh and white. It just doesn’t stay that way. Even the birds hid away when the winds were gusting and the rain was freezing on the eves. We tried to keep the walks cleared, but were only halfway successful.
We are busy with Christmas around here, and have wrapping and baking to do this week. Company coming tomorrow and more expected after Christmas. I am looking forward to after the holidays and some time spent with plant catalogs, so it is probably time to send away for some, or go to their websites and request them. I also need to transplant some of my indoor plants… it is just hard to find time for everything right now!
I wanted the geraniums I brought inside to be in one large container. The containers I have are drying out faster than I can keep track of! My well water seems to kill plants, but I don’t know why. It is very alkaline ( we keep track of the pH for the hot tub). I know if I go shopping this week in the right places I will be very tempted to buy some more plants to kill. I used to be so good with indoor plants, but that was before I had lots of children and an outdoor garden to take care of. Now I consider indoor plants sort of like cut flowers, except for my ficus benjamina– that tree has held on for me for more than a quarter century- (sounds ancient when you say 25 years that way). The secret? benign neglect. I water it only once every so often, and keep it by a bright window. I’ve only transplanted it twice I think. I don’t worry about the leaf fall after bringing it inside from its summer quarters on the porch, and I lightly prune it to fit its space. Once in a blue moon I fertilize it. That is all- and yet it still lives!
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