Things I Got Today
First, I got this from my boss:
I frequently get to take home cutflowers that are too old to be sold. I think these red tulips look really good in the blue vase.
Then this, also from my boss:
Fresh, crunchy radishes. Yum! And not tasting bland and watery like the supermarket ones, either.
When I came home, I decided to celebrate Friday by a visit to the nearest garden centre. Just, you know, to look around.
As it always goes, I ran into ivies…
The one on the right doesn’t look very interesting from a distance, but up close –
I love all the different colours in these leaves.
I know I’ve already bought five other ivies this year, but in my defense, the ones I kept outside during the winter seem to be pretty seriously frost damaged, so I may have to rebuild my collection from scratch.
Then, there was this:
I have no idea what this even is, which means I have no idea if I can even keep it alive, let alone happy. But in my defence:
So it was less than € 6, which is pretty cheap for an orchid (I don’t think you get even the most boring Phalaenopsis for less then € 7), even if it won’t be blooming much longer (which was why it was marked down).
And I generally can keep plants alive, and most of them reasonably happy (as long as they don’t get spider mites), even if I seem to have problems with getting anything to re-bloom. So I’m sure this cute stranger and I will get along all right.
And lastly, these:
That’s Papaver rhoeas (Corn Poppies), Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy), and Papaver nudicaule (Iceland Poppy).
I absolutely adore poppies of all kinds, and stare longingly at the seeds every time I’m there, knowing that I have no space to grow them on the balcony. (Really? Really really? Sure I couldn’t find a tiny tiny corner?) But now, I’ve decided, it’s high time I stopped to put off my next guerilla gardening project. I think poppies will look lovely in the ugly, neglected planters down at the roundabout, and as far as I know, they’re pretty uncomplicated, so I hope I won’t have to go down to check on them too often.
And as I walked home, new guerilla gardening ideas started to take shape… But we’ll see how much more I’ll do this year.