As mentioned before, I am quite a neglectful gardener. I go through phases where I am all about gardening and taking care of things, and then I fall into a state of meh. Translation : I forget to water things, allow plants to become root-bound, let things die, and basically just get really slack where anything plant-related is concerned.
Moving house is a time in which you forget all about your garden and focus entirely on more pressing matters. Your garden does not get a look in. It withers and crumbles in front of your weary eyes as you stumble about looking for boxes. When you’ve actually moved into your new place, you notice how sad and near-death everything looks. Then you pretend you didn’t notice and avert your eyes. Or, if you’re a crazy person like me, you apologise to your plants on a daily basis and promise them the sun and moon if they will just stay alive until you can sort them out.
This weekend I did lots of re-potting. Many of my succulents had outgrown their pots and were trying to escape by falling over and/or sending out roots into the air in the hope of finding new ground. It was a sorry spectacle. My kalanchoes were so pathetic they barely resembled kalanchoes at all, and I had a couple of cacti that had definitely seen better days and probably wouldn’t see many more if I didn’t attend to them soon.
I have a very sunny, enclosed outdoor area which is pretty perfect for succulents. It’s warm and protected from the weather. It also means that, when I am little Miss Green Thumbs, I am also warm and protected from the weather. I have some fears that, in Summer, it will be like a hothouse/sauna, but for now it is useful and perfect fro my needs. I have my little citronella candle a-burnin’ near my potting table, so I don’t get eaten alive by mosquitoes (they love me) and it is suitably near to the kitchen so I can make tea (very important).
Anyway, I re-potted kalanchoes and echeveria, pelargoniums, haworthias, cacti and aeoniums and gave them all better homes. Some will need re-potting again soon but at least they can have a bit of respite in the meantime. And I can feel less guilty. I have some other plants that need my attention too, so will try and get those done this week.
So, my plants and I are settling in to our new digs and trying to make sense of a different environment and lifestyle. I was starting to feel a little bit root-bound myself, so it is good to start afresh and make plans for the new growth, instead of letting rot set in (did you like that little analogy there? 🙂 )
Hope you are blooming wherever you are planted x