Whew! I’ve been working steadily to get The 20-30 Something Garden Guide done, and writing, proofing, editing doesn’t leave much time for anything else, especially blogging. I miss you guys. I did write a post on the 20/30 Something blog if you want to go visit.
Still, I had one day this week where I stepped back from the computer and went to my local nursery. I needed to recharge my creative batteries. Working with my hands recharges my mind and soul in a way like nothing else. There were several things I wanted to do in the greenhouse including potting up. The other day I was with a friend, Robin Haglund from Garden Mentors, and she did some potting up when we were practicing media training. I hadn’t heard the term “potting up” in awhile, but it just sounds so English-y doesn’t it?
It was time to putter and pot up at RDR. I wanted some ferns for the greenhouse, and I also have some paperwhite bulbs that were languishing in a watery mess. Although I’ve forced paperwhites on pebbles before, these weren’t excited about the process. Because they are paperwhites and don’t require a lot of chilling, I still have time to make something of them by Easter. At least I hope so. I’m putting these in a cute terracotta nursery pot with some sedum. Moss would be nice too. Very nice indeed, but since I forget to water things–yes, I do–I think sedum is the better choice.
Then, I moved on to the ferns.
I’m trying the one above, Selaginella krausianna variegatus a.k.a. frosty fern. I’ve never grown it before. It likes shade, but the sunlight is very filtered in the winter anyway. Next to it are narcissus. I can’t remember which ones because I forgot to put the tag in with them. Oh well, I’ll know when they bloom.
The entire group, above, looks very Christmasy I think.
Then, I potted up this mixed pot of ferns and sweet potato vine. I love that pinky/purple sweet potato vine. Won’t it be pretty trailing down the side? I don’t really like growing tropicals inside–see the part about not remembering to water above–but they seem perfectly at home in the greenhouse. Potting up can be quite fun and staves off the winter blues. Why don’t you try it too and show me what you’re growing indoors this year.
By the way, Bill says the greenhouse is a fresh breath of summer, and he’s wondering when we’re going to expand. I love that man.