HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? – Marilyn Armstrong

RDP Tuesday: Garden

I used to be a more enthusiastic gardener but my outdoor gardening days have become pretty limited. I manage to get into the garden once a year and clip everything back and pull out all the dead stuff from the previous year, but that’s pretty much “it” for me.

I love my indoor garden. It’s not huge, but it’s pretty and I can manage it … which is a powerful reason to love it. I look daily at my soon-to-be blooming Christmas cactus and the shoot of upcoming orchids.

Orchids
Orchids

One macro orchid

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

21 thoughts on “HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. Your orchids and cactus are lovely. I am not much of a gardener although I love flowers. I like bulbs although I need a kneeling frame to get up from planting them roses which I can still manage to prune.

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    1. Garry got these as a birthday gift. He’s not much of a flower guy, or more to the point gardening isn’t him. So I took care of them and the bloomed again a few months ago and look like they are planning on another bloom. If you buy some, just make sure they are in a bright, but not always sunny place and ONLY water them when they are dry. If they like the light and you don’t overwater them, they will bloom repeatedly. I was thrilled.

      Also, when you don’t know what you are doing — and we ALL don’t know when we are starting out — ASK a lot of questions. Like “What kind of pot does this need?” “Can you fill it with the right soil?” “Is it a succulent (does it store water in leaves or roots or stems) or any kind of cactus?”

      If you are talking to someone who doesn’t actually know anything (there are plenty of them everywhere), ask to talk to someone who knows about orchids.

      Most plants are pretty easy. They need light, a minimum amount of water for their needs (your ferns need constant light moisture, which is exactly the opposite of orchids and any kind of cactus or succulent). Very few plants do well alone. My mother told me that plants talk to each other and it seems that a group of plants always does better than just one alone. I have never heard plants talk but why not?

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            1. Ferns need to be kept moist. Cactus and orchids do NOT. Dripping is fine for plants that need constant moisture — but cactus. Think about it. Orchids are also succulants which store water in their roots and stems. If you keep watering them, they will die.

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        1. They just need the right kind of dirt (sandy, not rich, lost of loose moss), good light (east seems to work well … it’s never a bad time to figure out what directions your windows face since most of us don’t actually know). Ours is catty-corner, so our east windows actually face more or less northeast, but more east than north. When I was building the teepee, I needed the door to face due east and I actually had to buy a small compass, the kind boy and girl scouts have. It was actually pretty useful. Cheap, too. I think you can get them for a dollar at any Army-Navy store — or Walmart.

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          1. I just know east and west (because of my love of photographing sunrise and sunsets!). Thank you for your tips. I’ve had the ferns for four weeks now and haven’t killed them …. yet!

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  2. My friends and I have amaryllis that are either blooming or about to bloom. They didn’t know they were supposed to bloom at Christmas, I guess! And I agree. My indoor garden probably succeeds mostly because I seldom pay attention to it. 🙂

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    1. I want some more in other colors. We don’t have any nurseries locally, so in the spring, we’ll have to see what we can find closer to Boston or further east. There MUST be greenhouses somewhere because there are always flowers at the grocery store.

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