Monday, October 14, 2013

Random Stuff...

Recently a friend gave me this cutting of a "ZZ Plant (zamioculcas zamiifolia), and it's still every bit as alive as the day I got it-yay!

It's in this "nursery area" for cuttings, located in the pot with my Norfolk Island Pine ( Araucaria heterophylla ). Works out pretty well for them...

...I'm even trying to root one of the pine's branches.

Mother pine isn't faring as well however, but I'm hoping she'll perk up with the increased humidity I provide in fall and winter for the nearby orchids. I'm thinking some soil freshening wouldn't hurt either, she's been in this same pot for 3 years or so.
 Looky here-my african violet has formed a seed pod on one of the blooms! I never thought about hand-pollinating violet blooms to get seeds, and I'm curious how this one got pollinated. Perhaps one of those spiders we all swallow in our sleep strolled accross it?
I saw this last week and it occurred to me-I don't think I've ever observed a tree with fruit and new flowers at the same October. Is this odd, or is it just me?

See? Fall color on the leaves, ripe fruit, and new flowers in fall = weird, IMO. (Of course this may happen all the time and I'm just now noticing it, in which case I will quote Gilda Radner's character Emily Litella and say "Nevermind.")

Climate change or brain atrophy, either way fall is in the air. The leaves are changing and that's not all, but life a journey anyhow so this is inevitable whether you're ready or not. Luckily gardening teaches the willing student how to adapt to unexpected weather and such, and I'm still willing as ever to learn and grow. Bring it on, life! :)


Anonymous said...

Good lord, that norfolk is TALL!! How did you move that?!?
And yes, I do believe the blooming, fruiting, fall leafed tree is a bit confused!! Poor thing.

Garden Broad said...

Luckily the pine isn't that heavy (the pot is very light plastic made to look like terra cotta :)