Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Greenhouse Cleanup!

It has been rainy April weather lately - all weekend and most of the week - and if it is nice and you are outside, you are instantly polluted with little black horrible flies - in your eyes, mouth, hair and all over your clothes -YUK!! Hopefully, they will be gone soon! I have been catching up on housework and my greenhouse. There was an epidemic of crunchy leaves going on there - so I did a thorough pick off - washed a bunch of pots collected from the church lilies and the streets during spring cleanup in our neighborhood - put them downstairs in my storage room - threw out some dead or sick plants - and it actually looks quite nice there now. It took me most of the day to do this but I got great exercise going up & down the basement steps - my fingernails are cleaner and longer - due to the washing up - and the plants look wonderful - my geraniums are fabulous now - some of the cuttings are blooming - the shamrocks are getting bigger..I am very happy.
When my Hort club has it's May sale, I will have lots of stuff for them - I plan on donating a lot of the baby houseplants and then my greenhouse will be easier to look after in the summer. I do the plant table at our church bazaar in November, but last year, we had a small crowd and I lugged 3 carloads of plants over and brought 2 carloads back home after the sale - so - this year, I plan on taking 1 carload there and hope all the plants sell. I grow plants all summer for this sale but this year I plan on taking it easy and if we go away, it will
be low maintenance.
How about this -- as you know, my husband and I look after flower decorating at our church and when there is a funeral, we are asked by the priest, to dismantle the flowers, put them in vases or baskets and then they don't look like funeral flowers. At a recent funeral, I salvaged curly willow from a basket, brought it home, stuck it in a vase andthe branches now have small green leaves and great roots. I will pot them up for our Hort sale - a great item!!
Enjoyment: All the blooms in my greenhouse - and no crunchies on the leaves!!

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