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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Private Garden...or plant hoarder?

spring 2004 ~ photo by suzanne

What is all this, you ask?  This "mish-mash" of pots and plants-is SHE stock-piling, or are these castoffs?  What's in that pink pot at the back next to the tall white one with the white flowers?  A 'Kalanchoe', you say? And is that a 'Schefflera' at the back righthand corner?  What are they doing out in the yard?

Well, dear readers, you'll be glad to know that they aren't castoffs, and, yes-I have been known to be a "plant hoarder"!  These plants had been in the shed for the winter.  Some of my bedding plants get dug up as it cools down, and put in pots.  It was just a test at first, to save, and see if they would survive in the shed, thus, an economical way of getting a free early start on my gardens.  Of course, Karo fixed up a sun lamp, and we kept a small electric heater on hand, (I know that's dangerous) but we didn't have to use it much.  And the small shed has two small windows up high in it that face south and west, so there was actually sunlight coming thru.

I would keep (hoard) flats from my purchases of bedding plants at the nursery, line them with weed block paper, then spread some potting soil mixed with peat moss.  And I could take 'begonia' clippings, or 'kalanchoe' clippings, and 'coleus' and plant them in the flats.  And, then, as it warms up, we have to take the potted plants and new bedding plants outside to revive in the fresh spring air, then transport them right into their beds.  You know, some plants don't come back as readily, and these 'hoarded' ones make good filler plants.  When I first started 'saving', and time to move them out came along, I really had nowhere to put the plants before placing them where I might want them.  So, I just stuck them back along the northwest side of the yard for holding.  Well, lo and behold, it became a little more than just 'holding'!

Looking Better?
What, then...happened here?

As you can see, the plants are still there, but somewhat re-arranged, and OH!  What's that? A brick walk?  Time marches caught me-hoarding, AGAIN!  They were doing so well, and droplets of variegated, silver-striped looking jew were spreading throughout the grounds of the area, not even in pots!  And look at the 'red caladiums' and 'geraniums' at the back-they loved it!

WOW!  Time does march on!

Here are two views I put together to give you an idea of what my 'hoarding' yielded.  In order to keep things watered and alive, I had to be able to move around them without getting into a muddy mess.  I found some old brick and formed a small walkway-then painted the brick 'willy nilly' colors.  The white pot down front had a 'dahlia' blooming in it, and there are various white 'impatiens', and some pink.  Just peaking down from the upper right hand corner, the long, thin leaves are from an 'umbrella' plant.  They grow very tall and come back every year.  They do love sun and plenty of water.  And at the farthest right back are some 'elephant ears' just coming up along with some tropical plant that was given to me...I just never knew what it was, but it did put on red blooms in the fall.  We've got 'mother-in-law' tongue and 'lamb's ear' too!  The silvery-leafed 'jew' plant just spread and spread, and I think I saw it glow!  So, I dubbed this area my "Private Garden".

A little about 'Kalanchoe'

My 'kalanchoe' was this color (the above picture is not mine) and started as a teeny-tiny potted filler in a bowl garden arrangement that was given to me.  After the blooms died, I tried to keep it healthy, and it grew, but was very frail and pale.  So, I looked it up in one of my garden books, and it said, "Just take me outside and put me under a tree!"  So I did!  The plant started getting stronger with thick green leaves, and I eventually had to put it in that large pink pot.  When buds started to show, I moved it out into some sun to encourage blooms, and it REALLY BLOOMED!  As it got cold, I had to take it back into the shed, but it stayed healthy all thru the winter.  I did the same with other 'kalanchoe' of various colors.  Some, I would leave in smaller pots, and in the early spring they would bloom in the shed.  Then I could bring a small pot into the house to enjoy the blooms.  It's kind of a lot of work, but they just won't thrive in my house and I really do like them.  Sometimes 'loving' and 'learning' go hand in hand!

Well, folks, it's time to call it a nite.  I hope you've enjoyed!  Thank you so much for coming back to look, AND, I have noticed a new follower on my page, Suzane.  Welcome, and thank you for following.  Please stop by again and say hello! 

By the way, it is 11:48 pm in Texas as I write and the temperature is still at 83 degrees!
Thank you Google
Thanks to yahoo images

"Come stroll with me thru my Private Garden...
The path is small, but offers much.
Trinkets of red and white, and leaves of silver.
Hum a tune if you like...don't be afraid to touch."
...penned by 'me'  (chuckle)!



  1. Hi Susan, I really enjoyed my stroll with you through your private garden. Thanks for explaining how it came to be. You're very inventive and full of surprises as I read through your post.
    I'm in awe of all the hard work and care you put in to your garden by sending your plants on a holiday to a warm location. Oh they must absolutely adore you :D)
    The brick path is a real feature in your garden, with its different colours - such a happy aspect when ambling through that area.
    You're having a warm evening over your way... ha ha, I just went in now (it's 10.45 pm) and turned our electric blankets on - it's downright chilly here !!
    Cheerio for now, and I loved your little poem too. Best wishes :D)

  2. Your hoarding definitely paid off!! It is fun to see that all that winter work paid off, and I bet your garden is absolutely beautiful. Over the winter, my husband's study and our garage was the place for our geraniums, and they actually thrived (even without heat in the garage). They are doing great outside now.

    You asked about the chives in vinegar: steep the blossoms in vinegar (cheap vinegar is fine) and then pour off the vinegar and discard the chive blossoms. Interesting how those chives turned the vinegar a pretty pink color...who knew?'='
    Nancy (Nancy's Art, Crafts and Favorites)

  3. Nancy, is that you? Your comment came thru as Anonymous! Happy Sunday! And thanks for coming by. You know, I've had geraniums on my front porch blooming at Christmas! The red ones are the hardiest, and I would bring them in when there was a threat of frost. I do love the fragrance of them, even tho it's not a floral scent.

    Thanks for the tips on the vinegarette. Your jars were pretty!

  4. Hi Susan. Have I missed something here?! Is this a new Blog about your gardening exploits? I shall add it to my list, so that I can keep an eye on you! Hee Hee!

  5. Hi Susan! My private garden, so small, but no small task. All of the plants seem to compliment one another. The great thing about it is being able to borrow from it, and there's always someting new to replace what I borrow. Then, in late afternoon, it's cooler in that area to wash off the bricks, and the task of watering just seems to generate a cool breeze.

    Thank you for stopping by-stay warm!

  6. Thisisme, good evening. So glad you found my other love. I found that I just couldn't put everything on one blog, and I decided to try to keep up with two. HA! Welcome, and thank you so much for following...and have a beautiful wedding!

  7. YAY for plant hoarders!! it all looks so wonderful!! ALL those plants...i love it!! and the bricks...brightly painted...what a great addition to the 'forest'!!

    you sure have a GREEN thumb!!!! :]

  8. Laura, I'm a sucker for plants. I can remember when I used to kill common ivy! It's a lot of work, but so rewarding. It's fun to try the new things, and I get clippings from others that I thought I could never grow.

    Hope you're having a good week-thank you for hopping over to the hot side of the US. It's still 93 degrees at 9:30pm.


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