Sooooo…I’m waiting patiently (okay, maybe not so patiently – who am I kidding, really?) for the snow to melt here and in the meantime things are happening on my windowsill.
I mean, REALLY happening. A couple of weeks ago, maintenance staff arrived with new windows for our apartment building. It was definitely cause for celebration, as our previous windows were at least two decades old – probably more like three – and we were having issues with ice building up between the panes (especially as one of them had a small hole in it). The hardware wasn’t working smoothly anymore, either. Of course, once the new windows were installed, I couldn’t bear the sight of the chipped windowsill, and we had some imperfections on the wall from when we had blinds put up a few years ago, so out came the filler and the paint. I’m extremely pleased with the results – but now I think the whole place needs new paint! UGH.
The African violets are certainly happy with the new windows and the sunshine. These two bloom frequently, every 2 to 3 months or so. I have a couple of others as well, but the one looks to be on its last legs and the other hasn’t bloomed in about a year.
And there’s a leaf cutting I started a couple of months ago. I wish I could say it is from the plant that is dying, but it’s not – I didn’t have the forethought to take a cutting and now the mother plant is so far gone I don’t think it would be useful to try. It’s too bad – the pale pink flowers were so pretty and delicate, almost sugary-looking.
I keep buying cacti – with my watering habits (“when I remember to, which is often nearly too late”), they seem to thrive. I was all excited when I brought this Mammillaria spinosissima home, thinking I had a new-to-me species until my hubby reminded me I already had one. (My excuse is that the “red head” on my established one has long grown out). I don’t know how he remembered this and I didn’t – I honestly thought he wasn’t paying attention. Good thing I don’t buy designer shoes or handbags – he’d call me on them every time. 😉
And I’ve been growing garlic greens! I planted a LOT of garlic in my community garden bed last fall, both bulbils and bulbs, but I still had some bulbils left and I really wanted to use them up, so I popped them into a pot and voila! Fresh greens in less than two weeks. It’s been so nice to use them in cooking.
I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! What home and garden projects have you been working on lately?