Friday, January 20, 2012

I should have kept my mouth shut !!

G'day. I was telling the daughter of one of the residents at the nursing home where I work that I had planted a couple of Pelagonium bushes that I had bought because I loved their vibrant colour.

 Well the very next day, the daughter turned up with about ten cutting of her pelagoniums and geraniums for me to plant. I thanked her kindly and told her I appreciated the thought and that I would plant them when I got home from work. I kept my word.

Then lo and behold a few days later the daughter handed me a plastic bag full of cuttings of the same plants. There would be about forty or so pieces. Now, if we were still on the property, they wouldn't be a problem, but we just don't have such a large area here to plant them all and I don't really know if I want that many of these plants growing here. I have been thinking of digging a few holes in the ground and mass planting the cuttings into them and see what happens. It has been suggested by a friend that I simply throw them out, but I just can't bring myself to do that.I feel obligated to do something with them. I have offered them to friends to no avail. I am stuck with them. The mass planting sounds like a good idea to me. Plop them in the hole and wait and watch. It would be nice if they grew into a few large bushes with different colored flowers, now that might be nice, but I am not sure if that would actually happen!!! I do realise that not all the cutting might take, though these are very hardy plants and are known for their ability to strike from cuttings. I have done the same in years gone by and have never had a problem. Time will tell. At the moment the cuttings are sitting in a large bucket of water, just bidding their time until I do something with them. I walked past the bucket just before and I am sure that I heard just the softest little "hello, we are still here, waiting, waiting.

It's a shame that I have to work tomorrow as I feel sure that I could find a solution to their fate and the rest of today is simply out of the question as there is washing to bring off the line, vacuuming to do, that should have been done this morning, not to mention that hubby has two pairs of overalls that need to be shortened and I promised him they would be done today. I have been hiding them in my sewing cupboard hoping he would forget about them, but this lad has a sharp memory and he asked me last night what had happened to them. If all of my blog friends didn't live so far away, not to mentions those on the other side of the world,I would be quite happy to send you some cuttings, they would look lovely in your gardens. Take care. Liz...


  1. Try a mass planting and see what happens!

  2. Goodness! You've just reminded me I've got some trousers to shorten! Thanks, Liz...

  3. Or you could send us the pants to shorten :) I live in a townhouse so only have window boxes full of herbs to worry about. How lovely it would be to have a garden full of beautiful flowers...sigh. Do the mass planting, it sounds like a perfect solution.

  4. Oh my, a good problem to have! I suggest you plant them in plastic coffee cups, and on Valentine's Day, bring them all to the rest home and hand them out as gifts!

  5. Now that's an idea. Stike them in pots and give some away as gifts. Such a pretty colour.