Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, your popular host, Mani the purebred border collie, here today to tell you about something new that’s going on here. You may remember me from such posts as “Not Quite Like Me”, among so many, many others.
Here I am in a characteristic pose.You can see that I’m busy guarding stuff, even with this kind of blurry picture. You wouldn’t believe all the things that need to be guarded against here. I might not be able to name them all, but there are a lot, believe me.
There are things that don’t need guarding, like all the snowdrops which are up in the shade garden. They aren’t open because it hasn’t been warm enough. Snowdrops, if you didn’t know, contain an alkaloid, called galantamine, which acts as a sort of antifreeze to prevent the leaves from being killed during cold weather. Lots of hardy plants have their own sort of antifreeze to be able to withstand winter dormancy, but snowdrops have it because they grow during the coldest parts of the year.
The guy I live with says that he read that the tips of the leaves are slightly hardened to enable them to push through the soil.
In an early translation into English of the story by the brothers Grimm, Snow White was called Snowdrop. The guy I live with said he saw the movie when he was little, and he thought the evil queen was scary. I don’t like things that are scary.
It got up to almost seventy degrees (F) a few days ago, but mostly it’s been chilly every day, and the guy I live with says it will be cold all next week. Not incredibly cold, but not very nice, either. He’s really not used to having week after week of all this awfulness, though I don’t mind it at all.
The guy I live with says that’s because I’ve gained weight, but I maintain it’s just a heavy winter coat.
A pile of seeds, from Plants of the Southwest, came in the mail the other day, so there’s something to do. And there was a lot of raking and sweeping today, even though it wasn’t all that pleasant for people who don’t have heavy winter coats like I do.
Well, anyway, a few days ago, when the guy I live with was in “noticing mode”, which he isn’t, always, he noticed that the groundcover manzanita, which doesn’t have a name, was hanging over the sidewalk a little, and so, after quite a bit of thinking, he decided to try his hand at growing some manzanitas from cuttings.
Believe it or not, the guy I live with has never grown anything from cuttings, so this was a pretty big step for him.
The container of rooting powder, which his wife used, because she grew plants from cuttings, wasn’t where he thought it was, probably because it was long gone. You know the way you imagine things being on, like, a shelf, seeing them every day, sometimes out of the corner of your eye, and then one day it turns out that the thing hasn’t been there for years, that’s a bit weird.
A new container of rooting powder came in the mail, and so cuttings were taken, dipped in water and then in the rooting powder, and I guess we’ll see what happens next. If this is successful, I can see the whole house being filled with cuttings. Maybe even if it isn’t successful.
So that’s something new that’s going on here. Not hugely exciting, if you’re me, but I understand that if it’s an activity that involves mostly a lot of waiting, the guy I live with is very good at that.
I’ll leave you with a picture of me doing something else I’m good at, besides guarding stuff.
Until next time, then.