Some people are not blessed with a green thumb, so should they try roses grown in potatoes? Yes!
Some people definitely are, my mum is one of those people who is a natural!
An entire yard or a ‘ little farm’, as a call it – flowers, plants, and vegetables are in abundance.
I’m not so lucky, even though I’ve spent springs and summers with my hands in the dirt, planting seeds and seedlings, weeding and caring for the various vegetable gardens and flower beds, it has never come easy. Enjoyable yes! But never easy.
Watching my mother harvest bushels of vegetables every year and place, her fresh flowers all around the house sometimes made me green – with envy. People who make it look so easy like my mum, are definitely playing to their strengths.
I suppose to my dyslexic mum, my ease with creating beautiful words on paper, might really be a little annoying and make her green with envy! Who knows. So much hard work goes into what she does, but I’ve never been able to grasp the instincts that allowed her to produce such fantastic results, year after year.
My little strata potted garden, which I tend to once a week only (due to time constraints) with its dying chilli plants (or are they?) and ‘almost making it giving you hope pineapple plant’ make me think, perhaps I should only play to my strengths!
Mum’s tried to help, giving me old gardening books, denying to assist at times, forcing me to do ‘my own research’ and shaking her head when the once were green plants are now brown plants. I just don’t have the “feel” for it. But, that doesn’t mean I stop trying.
This year’s attempts include a new herb garden, a few hardy flowers, succulents, mother-law-in-tongue or other varieties that require little love to survive. I would love to add some colour into this arrangement.
I saw a clever idea for growing roses (watch it here video) and thought I’d give it a try.
My mum has hand reared roses over many years, so, with some reluctance, she imparted with some clippings so I can ‘try my idea’.
The process appears pretty, simple
- harvest a few rose cuttings, please get permission, stealing is not good
- remove leaves and thorns
- cut the bottom at a forty-five-degree angle
- Make a hole in a potato and place the cutting in the hole
Plant the potato, cover, and apparently soon enough you will have new rose plants ready to transplant into your eden garden!
Let’s see how this goes for me, it’s reasonably late in the season here in Australia but, why not, don’t try, don’t get.
If you’ve any clever tips like this one, love to hear from you.