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BOTANY MAYHEM

We have had a few beautiful days here in New England but changes are coming.  So as I watched the Boston Red Sox play their way into another World’s Series I made lists of things that needed to be done around here.  I worked at planting my two huge Mums from the garden club sale,  they are the hardy type so with any luck they will rest in the winter and be in bloom for next fall.  Lawn mower was placed in the barn and snow blower brought up to the shed.  You know regular stuff all homeowner must do unless they have a handyman yes my man is handy but you know the kind I am taking about.

So as I checked off each item I had on my list,  I came to my Monstrous Spider Plant.  There was no way I could bring it in for another year like it was.  It is in full bloom,  mid October in New Hampshire,  oh how she loves the outdoors.  Well I am sure it will  go into shock and I also hope they all make it.  There is nothing like having a living plant in each and every room.

So JT and I headed over to our local Wal-Mart  so I could by some potting soil.  I picked up six bags, yes it would take at least that to begin the task at hand.  We headed home and I played with her for 15 minutes and then I began.

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I usually make up my own mix but this will have to do,  with shoulder pain  there will be   no stirring dirt for me .

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This is worse than I thought, as this is a huge flower-pot.

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See what I mean.

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I really do not know how it could be so gorgeous with so many flowers and babies, this is crazy look at those roots!

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They must love being root bound like this.

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Much different tools used in this mayhem.

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DRASTIC MEASURES

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OH yes it was bad.

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Lots of the Mother plants babies came of the plant
and would need to go into water or straight into new soil.

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Making headway!

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The last of them are potted up.  I extra-large pot,  two large ones and three medium ones.

So my yard and home plants have been cared for,  tools put away that  I use spring, summer and fall.

I said a little prayer for them to all make it through till spring,  when they will be placed  outside to soak in the sunshine and drink in the rains.

Let this be a reminder to knock your plants from their pots loosen up the old soil if you can get away with new soil added  and you will not have Botany Mayhem  occur at your place.

LOVE YOUR LIVING THINGS as much as you do your silly things.

PEACE

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CHURCHILL’S OFFERED A FREE ORCHID TALK TODAY part one

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It is mid January here in New Hampshire and Churchill’s advertised a “FREE” talk on growing Orchids, I had to attend.  Nancy told us all about different types of orchids and their needs.  Water, food and light and airflow.   They are delicate but there are so many we can grow here, if we can give them the right mix of all of these.

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We were taught to pick between bark and charcoal mix or long moss for growing orchids in.  We need to feed them so they grow strong with bright green leaves but not real dark leaves though.  We learned that after the blossoms are gone and after a short rest,  we can gently remove it from their pot and trim off any soft, unhealthy looking roots, and give them a little bath to remove all old bark mix and prepare it to go back into the pot with fresh mix added.  A great way to give them enough humidity she said was to set out a tray of stones,  deep enough to hold a little water and sit the plant on top of the stones,  just not in the water.  These are plants that love tropical surroundings, so the more you can do to your home to get it as close to the real thing,  the happier your orchids will be.  They will show you with beautiful blooms and bright green leaves.

 

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This plant was so beautiful,  forgive me for the light, after all  we were in a beautiful greenhouse that was so warm and toasty. A perfect place to spend a few hours shopping for plant for your home.  They are having a sale right now and with the photos I will add to the two blogs I am doing on Churchill’s , you will see that they have so many beautiful choices. More on part 2

 

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This orchid is growing in a clear pot and you can clearly see by the roots that once the blooms have faded and rested a new pot with fresh bark mix will be on order as well as a pot just a little bigger.

 

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A beautiful plant looking for a new home to grace,  as well as the supplies you can buy here to keep it beautiful,  for many years to come.  Who said New Hampshire is too cold for pretty plants.

 

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After the talk we went shopping.  This greenhouse is filled with all different kinds of plants for your home.  African Violets are on my left,  some Boston Ferns on my right.  A pretty plant stand holds a fern.  It is not just about plants,  it is about your home.  Statuary and fountains as well as gorgeous pots are  here too.

 

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For me and the others who attended the talk today it was all about the ORCHID

 

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So pretty aren’t they and 25% off

 

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I swear these are my prettiest house plants, don’t let my enormous Spider plant hear me.

 

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This one found a new home with me!  I think it will look lovely in my Turquoise living room with all the windows.

 

 

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Tiny ones and Tall ones

 

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OH I want to make one of these, see them sitting on the table here.

 

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This is a Pitcher Plant have you ever seen one before?  Do you have one?

Ok time to post this part one and start on part 2 of my afternoon at CHURCHILL’S in Exeter NH

Stop by and see the wonderful people who work here.

 

Peace

Eunice