Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Getting more plants with less green

It has occurred to me that I am a bit obsessed with buying plants recently, and am on a 12 step program to quit. OK, actually it's just one step: stop.

Anyway, I need my fix so I decided to look into planting more seeds. Bought some California poppy seeds - works with the orange/purple theme perfectly!

However, they require patience to see results, something I am generally short on. So today I decided to try cuttings. They're better in theory because they're a) free and b) already look like a plant (I'm easily fooled) and c) if they don't work oh well. So, on the way home from work I passed by Jackson Park where a tall chain link fence supports several massive Orange Clock Vines (Thunbergia gregorii) These raucous plants appear to think it is their mission to bring a dose of orange tang to life year round - they are constantly partying, with new flowers nonstop. I guess that's where the name comes from: "What time is it? It's time for more FLOWERS, people! Woohooo!!!"

I snagged 5 short cuttings (no harm done - in fact someone needs to prune them a bit!) which I hope will root quickly. Then I will need to find something for them to climb up...

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