While we’re gardening….

I snapped a few shots of some of the goodies on our deck . 

I love this shade wine purple….and this basket seems pretty happy right now.  It will probably not make the Summer as we just get way too hot here.

This is also a favorite…the old shoe (composite material) is something my Mom gave me for Christmas many years ago.  It was so ugly, it was cute.   Now it is the home of a little succulent that seems to be doing well.  I think this one is supposed to flower, but what I’ve seen so far is a hooded shape with a tiny flash of color inside.

The cat planter was a gift from daughter, Stacie several years ago.  It came filled with bath products.   As you can see, it houses more succulents and we’re all smiling!   I love his face and those curvy whiskers.

That’s it for this morning’s garden/deck tour! 

Susan ~ Patchkat

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Rose cuttings

My friend, Sheryl, and I have been discussing taking cuttings from our roses.  Today was the day for me :-)    I mailed her cuttings yesterday! 

First, find spent blossoms, cut off the flowers, cut the bottom at an angle, make slits down the stems, and dip in Root stuff.   Stuff into the potting medium and water well.

I sacrificed an old tyvek mailer to cut tags and marked with a Sharpie permanent marker.  Made little strips, stapled them around the little stems.  So we’re all properly labeled and ready to grow!

Lastly,  outside into the sun, glass cloche in place.  (those wiry wisps on the left are Floppsy’s whiskers!  He wanted to be in the picture too.)  The little cuttings need moisture, fresh air circulating and sunshine.   I’m so impatient…wonder if I can wait the 6-8 weeks it will take to see if anything has rooted????

If any of them do, then I will move them to larger individual pots and baby them through the winter to plant next year.

Pretty painfree way to get more roses!

Susan ~ Patchkat