The title may have been a diversionary tactic.
I do seem to write about clematis cuttings every five minutes or so and I hated to admit that I’m about to do it again, but for closure– and so Kininvie knows he lost the bet and must carve a Halloween Neep (turnip) next fall–here is an image of the cuttings I started last June.
They are climbing and grabbing onto sticks with their little baby clematis stems. So cute. It only took ten months. But recently I read that making cuttings in Spring is the easiest time to get them to root. (Can anyone tell me where the hell were these experts last year?!)
So in early March I tried it, rather like I did with the cuttings last June. Here is an image of the completed process just before covering the pot with a plastic bag.
The cutting is made from a section of old stem that was sprouting new growth. It is set down into the soil so the new growth just has its little toes in the dirt and lower part of the old stem is underground, growing roots or serving as ballast or maybe rotting.
Next is a photo two weeks later.
In real life this cutting is not blurry. Or maybe it’s blurry because it’s growing so fast! No, just kidding. Really it’s that I had to use my little inferior camera today since Mr O absconded with his Nikon. (Don’t worry, he’ll probably be back.)
Sure it could be sort of coasting on the power of the stem, like when you miss lunch but can still walk down the street, but I do think they are growing. Yes. Possibly.
And so in truth I will be reporting back, again, on this ever fascinating and gripping issue.
IN OTHER NEWS:
The Great Monsoons of April have arrived as a break from the Freak Snows of March. Today I was able to move one wheelbarrow load of compost to one planted bed before a moment of sun faded right back to rain.
But on a bright but rainy day it is just so lovely to escape to the greenhouse –a warm humid place with the smell of the earth, all quiet and wonderful because the aphids living on a couple of the plants are too busy eating to talk and the ants living under the heat mat just use I think text messaging on their tiny phones so it really is quiet and I can think about which little batch of sprouting seeds I want to separate from their families and settle into individual pots, like moving them into their own apartments…sad really.
And what do you do when you have a little pot into which you’ve put seeds of something and maybe only three green things grow in the pot. Maybe two look alike and one is different. Do you assume the odd one is a weed and keep the other two just by virtue of their twoness?
And then what if another one like the matching two comes up in an adjacent pot? Does that mean you accidentally spilled one of the flower seeds into that second pot or does it mean the first two and the other one like them are ALL weeds and the one plant you tossed out of the first pot was the plant you wanted to grow?
If you can’t follow this discussion please remember (not that I ever told you) that I spent a full TWO WEEKS in law school so my lines of logic can be deep but arcane. And no I was NOT expelled I was temporarily taking notes for a law student who was out sick, very kind of me, and I learned quite a lot about contract law and implied warranties, and also the rights of people who own sewing machines… Anyway, I will be applying my law school education during the following brief discussion–and that’s “brief: small” not “brief: legal” and certainly not “brief: underwear” or as Alberto would say “brief: knickers.”
Now. Here is a photo of two pots. (Another blurry photo. If you click on this one you may get a clearer version. For some reason WordPress sometimes likes to add a bit of blurry, to create some kind of mood or it may just be that they own stock in a company that sells eyeglasses.)
I have a theory that these three baby plants in the above picture are all balloon flower plants (Platycodon grandiflorus), but only the pot on the right was planted with that kind of seed. The pot on the left experienced a phlox Crop Failure that is outside the parameters of this discussion except as the pot is residence of the plant known heretofore as the illicit balloon flower seedling and known henceforth as the Party of the Second Pot. (Law School talk.)
Now if you are familiar with the appearance of balloon flower seedlings and those two seedlings plus the Party of then Second Pot look like them, let me know.
If you are familiar with balloon flower seedlings and none of these could possibly be one go tell someone else–your attorney maybe, especially if she’s a gardener– and tell her not to sue.