Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I Love Free Plants

I always enjoy bringing a little bit of nature into our home.  I can hardly wait for the flowers to start blooming in Spring.  It just makes me giddy!

After Valentines day, each year, I walk around the yard and take cuttings of plants that are getting ready to bloom or send out new green growth.  This includes forsythia, willow, ivy, and carolina jessamine.  There are many other plants that fit that discription, but I don't currently have them in my yard (but I will one day).

This year, I cut ivy and forsythia and put them in a small vase.  They've been sitting up in my studio for a few weeks now, making me smile every time I look at them.  The forthsythia's yellow blooms are so very cheery.
 
(I photographed them in the dining room because the lighting is better)

What's even better than enjoying the color, is knowing that I'm actually making more plants to put in my yard.  You see, the forsythia and ivy are starting to form roots in the water and when the outdoor soil warms up I can plant them in the ground.


Last year, I planted my rooted forsythia branches and this is what they look like this year. . .

In a few years, the individual bushes will look like this. . .

These were actually the bushes I took the original cuttings from.  I love free plants!

I'll be planting the ivy in my pots on the deck to add interest to them.  Free!

For any of you who live locally and would like some forsythia or ivy, email me and I'll start some for you. 

8 comments:

  1. I love the Forsythia - happy color! I've got to start learning how to do all of this stuff!

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  2. Very nice! I'm so jealous of your blooms. We still have a couple inches of snow on the ground! But I do have baby broccoli plants popping up insde :-)

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  3. Put me on the list! My thumb has gone from a very dark brown to light green thanks to you! You can always come to my house and take cuttings of whatever you want!

    Thanks for all you do for us!
    Sheri O.

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  4. I can still remember when I first moved in next door to you and you helped me with my yard. I didn't know what was a plant and what was a weed. ha ha : ) I tell people that story all the time.

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  5. Love the color of the forsythia bushes with the flag in front of your porch!

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  6. I would love a clipping of each sometimes. :)

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  7. I would love some clippings sometime that would be great.

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  8. Vicki, you can have clippings any time. Just email me to set up a time.

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