I can’t stand it. Snow, snow, and more snow. Looking out the window it’s hard to imagine that spring is right around the corner – and that all my gardens are trapped under all this white stuff. So close, yet seems so far. I have spent a good portion of my morning in spring therapy on Pinterest - planning my escape in a virtual world of gardening imagery – pinning like a mad woman to my ’In the garden’ board, and finding myself in such overdrive that the need for a new board was born: ‘The gardener’s space’. Boy, that speaks volumes.
Now, I’m thinking, if this is how I’m feeling today – I am really, truly feeling for my plants that are wintering indoors. For the past few weeks, I’ve been upping my watering (usually twice a week is just right) to every other day, and battling a little bit of the sticky stuff and a touch of powdery mildew. I have the utmost admiration for my fellow green family members – for they hang in there from October when I haul them all in, to May, when the migration to the glorious outdoors returns.
In the interim, the best spring therapy I can give these guys is a good shower. That’s right, a little faux rain. I haul (in some cases wrestle) them into the Coop’s shower – two by two (just like Noah) – group like plants together – turn on the water to a cool temp (not ice cold or warm), and give each group a good soaking for a few minutes. I turn off the shower head and allow them to drip-dry a bit, before returning them to their copper trays, back to their designated spots. If I have a sticky issue with a plant – after they dry off in the shower – I keep them in there a little longer to spray them well with an insecticidal soap – let them dry off again – and then move them back.
This ‘Family Wash Day’ really does take most of a day. It’s a commitment. But it’s so worth it. Other than seeing the amazing and immediate short term effects after one good shower soaking (they all look so fresh and definitely more happy), I know the extra TLC keeps these guys thriving for years.
‘Family Wash Day’ - I’m reminded of how alive they all really are.
My Green Family Tree
2 Hearty Bay topiaries (10 years – about 3 1/2 feet tall)
1 Wild-looking Asparagus Fern (10 years)
2 Huge Cymbidium Orchids (9 years – I call them Brother and Sister – Sister is flowering now)
2 Miniature Azalea topiaries (9 years – and still blooming since September!!)
2 Single Globe Boxwoods (6 years)
2 English Ivy topiaries (5 years – about 5 feet tall and cone shaped)
2 Humungous and unbelievably happy Rosemaries (4 years)
1 Trio of Miniature English Boxwoods (4 years – Heirlooms from Colonial Williamsburg!)
2 Triple Boxwood topiaries (2 years – so tall I can see eye to eye with them)
2 Mega Boston Ferns (2 years)
1 Martha Washington Geranium (1 year – and now blooming!)
3 Myrtle topiaries (2 siblings and one only child – less than 1 year)
1 Lemon Thyme (less than 1 year – but sadly struggling)
Have a great weekend dear friends!