Not that I mind, really – I usually don’t close that curtain anyway. But even if I wanted to, I’d first have to get a ladder and get that Tetrastigma voinierianum out of the way. I should probably get it down anyway and move it somewhere else, but I actually like how this looks.
And I absolutely love it when the Tetrastigma is growing like this, almost fast enough to watch. It’ll probably not do this for very long – only as long as I remember to water it every day, the way I do now, because the pot is much to small for the size the plant has grown to – I think I’ve only repotted it once in all the years I’ve had it. But this is the reason why it’s growing around the kitchen door – so I will walk past it often, and remember to water it (usually in the form of dumping a half-drunk glass of water in the pot on the way to doing the dishes.) The fact that I’m currently doing pretty well at fertilizing my plants is probably helping as well. But soon enough I will forget to water for a day or two, and the Tetrastigma will dramatically drop a foot-long piece of vine on my head.
I had a pretty amazing day on Saturday. My medieval dance group had been hired for a performance at a carnival party in Berchtesgaden, which is just across the border in Germany, and I love dancing in public more than I’d ever have believed possible a few years ago. It’s just so much fun to let people see the things I know how to do, and enjoy doing, and even more fun to drag half the audience up to dance with us.
We had live music, too, and at one point, us dancers were sitting down, taking a break, and talking about what we should do next. Someone brought up La Cochinchine, but we decided against it because we haven’t practised it in ages (it’s so much fun, but it’s also really exhausting, so nobody ever suggests it.)
Then a bit later, we heard the band actually playing the Cochinchine, and decided, “what the hell, let’s just try it!”
And it’s the best we have ever danced it! We were still all gasping for breath at the end of it, but we didn’t mess up once the way we usually do.
I don’t have any videos of the performance yet – I know we have at least one, because I filmed Black Nag with somebody’s camera, but they aren’t online yet.
In any case, I had an absolute blast, and I’m pretty sure everyone else – dancers and audience – did too.
On the way to Berchtesgaden, we also stopped for a short hike through a gorge called Alpbachklamm. My camera didn’t quite like the cloudy day and narrow, dark gorge, but I still ended up with far too many pictures of clear water and marble rocks and a few flowers:
This one is from the Big Town botanical garden from a couple of years ago, when they had a passionflower show. Which was nice, but the tags were pretty much useless because the vines were all tangled together so there was no way to tell which name belonged to which plant. Some googling suggests that this is Passiflora gilbertiana.
… about that EU seed law: the EU parliament’s agriculture commission rejected it, with 37 votes to 2. Though it still needs to be rejected by the whole parliament. But I feel rather relieved now, and a little more hopeful about the world’s sanity.
(You can read more here. I’m too tired to write more.)
I could have gotten myself more, but for how little time I actually spend at home, it’s quite enough.
I’ve gotten daffodils for my birthday for as long as I remember, and even though I see far too many of them at work (these were grown at the Teeny Tiny Village Nursery) they are just so cheerful. And since I love blue flowers, I also love these irises. And they fit in so well with the colour scheme in this part of the living/dining room – yo can’t see it in the picture, but the cushions on the chairs and bench are also blue. And the walls in the other part of the room are yellow, so it fits in doubly well.
And my mother got me some tulips that would look so good on the coffee table, but I can’t really put them there. I’m drawing something, for literally the first time in years, and the table is taken up by paper and coloured pencils, and I’m terrified of knocking over the vase on the barely-begun drawing (which will certainly take longer to complete than the tulips will survive…)
I’m not sure I’m even counting this as a harvest… it was more a case of, “this needs to get out of the way, I need those window boxes to plant new stuff”.
So, some random greens, mostly red kale and some chard. I have no idea what I’ll do with them – I planted the kale mostly because it was pretty, I’ve never actually cooked with it yet.
And I’ve taken the first batch of houseplants in to work, which is I count as a harvest of sorts, too. Which means I have a tiny bit more space in my living room and a tiny bit more money in my wallet.
I’ve been working on getting the houseplant collection into a better shape, and the work seems to be paying off. Leaves are already looking greener after I remembered to give them some fertilizer once, and I’m finding more dead bugs than living ones, which makes me feel a lot better about the mess it makes to drag all the plants to the bathroom to spray them.
I also did some air-layering, because my Ficus elastica is looking like this:
And yesterday, as I was moving plants back to the window after being sprayed (which is why that Ficus is standing all by itself, usually there are a lot more plants there) I noticed this:
I was surprised to see them, because it felt like it happened so quickly, but looking at my records, it has been about a month.
I’ll still leave it alone for a while, so it can grow more roots before I cut it off and replant it. And then we’ll see if the stump will resprout…
I think this Ficus was the first plant on which I tried out air-layering, back at my old job. After my instructor had showed us how to do it, one fellow apprentice and I decided to try it ourselves, on two branches of the same Ficus, and a few weeks later, both of us had a plant we got to take home. Since then, I’ve done it at home a few times.