It’s funny how I’m always so easily side-tracked when out in the garden. As I’ve been cooped-up inside, not feeling very well these last few days, I decided to get a little fresh air and just have a quick wander outside. The weather was dull but mild and all I wanted to do was to make sure everything inside the little plastic greenhouse was OK.
An hour-and-a-half later, I finally got back inside. So what happened? Well, the chain of events goes as:
- Open up the green house check that everything seems OK, and let a little air in
- Notice the lavender cuttings — taken some time ago — are getting on well
- Take a closer look and see that the roots are coming out of the bottom
- Realise they really need potting on. Reach for the bag of compost, grab some pots…
- Now there’s an empty cuttings tray. That’s a lost opportunity, reach for the bag of soil again…
- Take cuttings from the hebe cuttings that are getting on well
- Take cuttings from the pink and yellow osteospermum as they may not be so hardy
- Plant up the dianthus stalks that have been left in a jar of water for weeks*
- Try and cram everything back in the greenhouse, tidy up
- Realise you’ve done all this in nothing but your dressing gown, be thankful the garden isn’t overlooked and no-one’s decided to take their dog for a walk along the fence.
*They were from someone’s flower arrangement so I took some of the stems, lopped the flowers off and put them in a jar of water. I only got round to dealing with them now. I’m not hopeful.