dogs, flowering plants

Swapping Cuttings – Fun with Flowers!

I have a particular fondness for geraniums and pelargoniums. I’m sure I’ve mentioned that before in this blog. I have a few different coloured ones growing in my front yard and in pots along the front veranda.

Well a friend of mine, a keen gardener and taker of cuttings arranged with me to do a swap, on a shopping trip, out my way, she’d bring some cuttings from her garden, and get some cuttings from my garden. As it turned out, yesterday was the big cutting swap day, and it was also the day my writing group was meeting at my house.

So Trish arrived, when the writing group was still at the idle chit chat stage, she sat with us for a while, then she took her little cuttings scissors out to the front yard, collecting cuttings to take home, and try to grow.


While Trish was outside, the writing group members got on with reading pieces from our homework from the previous week, and then on doing the session’s writing exercise, which was to write a piece of creative writing based the given prompt. Then Trish had to go, leaving me with a bag full of geranium/pelargonium cuttings for me to deal with once my house was all my own again!

So, that’s what I did, the cuttings left for me needed further cutting back, with excess material to be dealt with, and the actual cuttings I would be using had to be put somewhere where they could grow roots, and then beginning growing leaves and flowers.

At the moment, I’m unable to go out into my backyard, where there are pots and soil, so I opted to try generating roots on the cuttings in a container of water instead. I’d Googled this idea earlier in the day, and yes, it was something that can work, so away I went. I’m currently living with a recovering ankle, having fractured my right ankle about a month ago. It’s been interesting times, that’s for sure!


I found a glass jar, put water in it and got cutting back the provided cuttings, removing flowers and excess leaves, and shortening the stems. The bits and pieces I cut off all went into the container we have in our kitchen, for things to be composted, so away I went, snip, snip, into the jar with water, then all of the ‘unwanted’ material into the compost bin.

So, all done, and all I have to do is wait, patiently, so see if anything happens … If it does, that will be great, and I hope I’ll be mobile again by then, and can deal with potting out the new plants. My surgeon who fixed up my ankle has told me I’ll be able begin putting some weight on my right foot in around a months time. All good!

And another good thing about the afternoon was that our dog, Missy, was loose in the house and she was a good girl, not biting anyone, and not barking too much, or for too long! We don’t have many visitors, and I wasn’t sure how Missy would behave, and I was so happy she was a good girl! I’ll certainly be less nervous next time we have visitors. Dogs need to get used to new things, and having random people in Missy’s home is definitely a new thing for our dog.


The writing group is going to go on meeting once a fortnight at my place until I can drive into Gawler, where our usual weekly meeting place, the Prince Albert Hotel, is. So, at least two more meetings at my home, two more chances for Missy to meet and greet guests, and two more meetings with my friends, while my mobility is ‘challenged’ this way.



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Life goes on, and on, whether I’m watching or not

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I went outside earlier today, to hang out the washing, and to give the dogs a toilet break. The clothes are hanging, and drying, and the dogs are all toileted and now they’re back inside, as I am. It was beautiful outside (apart of course from the doggy do).

The sky, the sky, it’s always the sky. In the midst of boring, familiar, basic things, there is the sky. I began this blog post some time ago. Two months, three months or few months? No, I don’t think so. It feels to me it was at the beginning of Winter, perhaps, and now we’re at the end of Winter – mild days, unless it’s raining, but cold nights, with Winter’s frozen claws holding on to its season.

But Spring is there too, these mild days we’re having now, when the clouds are held at bay, when the sunshine promises much and delivers some of it. These lovely almost Spring days … Bulbs planted many seasons ago are growing, green leaves first, and now, on the cusp of calendar’s Spring, we have flowers, or almost flowers. Tiny purple grape hyacinths, popping up in the middle of pine tree cones and other bits and pieces of Nature thrown down or dropped to eventually meld into the earth.

And we have freesias, again, not actually flowering as such yet, but the flowering stalk is there, and will be blooming soon, so soon. Will we have new colours, as Nature has played underground with the bulbs from last season to this? Or will the colours be the same mix as usual, and I try to remember, what were those colours, anyway? Beautiful colours, whatever they were, that’s for certain. And the plastic pot that once held agapanthas, and now is home to some more bulbs, that one’s been showing green strappy leaves for two months. I know what colour those bulbs will be, a deep orange/red with yellow, star shaped – Sparaxis is the name of that one, I’ve discovered after a combination of some research online and my memory.

There are no dogs out the front of our house, we have no fencing that would allow our dogs to go there, and there were no strays there with me earlier today when I was looking around at various plants … Β We have many, well over ten, geraniums in pots or in the ground in our front yard, most of them flowering again, or flowering still. There’s a variety of colours there, from bright red to white, with various shades of purple and pink in between.

I love geraniums, they’re so easy to grow from cuttings, and to take care of once you have plants growing. A little water every now and then will keep them growing and flowering well. For anyone who feels they have a brown thumb rather than a green thumb, geraniums will help you to grow things that won’t die on you!