I think I could be happy as an avian wildlife biologist in Pasadena, California.
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- Philippians 4:8, NIV
Next: I need to re-pot it yet again, find some coir to add to it because it just doesn't have enough soil as it is right now. I may need to either cut back the roots or find a bigger pot, too. The other plants in there are succulents I don't know the name of (came with the townhouse we live in, from previous tenant). I snipped what you see off of another plant, but I think they may be getting too much sun. I don't think the top leaves are supposed to be so red; notice the leaves underneath are greener? They've been shaded by the upper leaves with the way I had them placed in the sun. Or it could be because I shouldn't have stuck those snippings into soil; or it could be they don't like the plant food. Who knows, it'll probably be a long time before I find out for sure.
Anyway, enjoy the pics! I'm so very proud of the progress. When I began this project there were NO leaves showing - not even a tip. No green to be seen whatsoever, and this is what has been accomplished in under a week ...
- Current Mood: pleased
Yesterday I went to Target's garden center to buy gloves, a watering can, and plant food (I swear I feel so Delvian right now, hee hee) and had to ask the gentleman working there a question, and wound up asking him if I'm on the right track to reviving my amaryllis plant. Well I wound up asking him a LOT of questions because it turns out he is quite knowledgeable! He was quite friendly and unassuming, and seemed to be in a permanent good mood. I now know what his secret is for that too: he gardens. Frank is his name, and he told me how he got started gardening in the first place - he said he used to live in Chicago and worked a "high-stress job" (his words). He said he would come home and jump down his wife's throat. Well one day he came home from work and before even going into the house he went straight to the yard and began pulling up weeds. He kept that up for a while and among other things his co-workers noticed he was much calmer. Frank laughed when he told me they asked him if he started "taking" anything. I laughed at that too.
Now his garden produces pretty much everything he might buy at the store: bananas (I was particularly impressed by that), strawberries, pineapple, tomatoes, onions, herbs, and a list of other things he rattled off that I forget just now. He told me they make their own spaghetti sauce; he then added, "Once you eat your own spaghetti sauce, from the tomatoes and herbs and spices you grow in your own garden ... " he shook his head: "You won't eat that store-bought stuff again!" Then he laughed again. I replied with, "I don't doubt it."
I continued asking him question after question, everything that's come up out of what the reading doesn't answer, and he answered me. Cheerfully.
I saw tomato plants among other things there, which reminded me of the admonition by Ashton Ritchie I just read a day or two ago to "go to your local garden center, pick out some vegetable plants ... and plant them." I mentioned this to Frank and told him of my desire to "plant a salad" in a great big container based on the idea I got from that container gardening book I have. He told me to just buy a garbage can, cut holes in the sides, and put plants all over the thing! And I realized I could probably greatly reduce my trips to the grocery store practically for free if I spend any significant amount of time picking this guy's brain!
I did go outside and spend a short amount of time with my amaryllis bulb. Then I found a website while searching for images of amaryllis that said I should not add plant food to a bulb that has no leaves because that could kill it. Hm. Too late for that now, but we'll see. This is Florida, after all, and you can grow pretty much everything here. Perhaps the weather will work in my favor for this one.
LiveJournal, you have born up extremely well under the pressure us users put you under. As a card-carrying permanent subscriber I would like to say "Thank You" for everything! I am so happy you are still here for me!
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