What do I love most about gardening? Propagating plants, that’s what. As Beverley Nichols wrote in Down the Garden Path:
Do you not realise that the whole thing is miraculous? …Surely you would be surprised if, having snipped off your little finger, and pushed it into a flower pot, you were to find a miniature edition of yourself in the flower pot a day later?
Here’s my favourite pelargonium, ‘Lord Bute’ just coming into flower now. Three new plants from cuttings of last year’s one. Most of this year’s pelargoniums were propagated from last year’s.
*written before Pietersen threw his wicket away. Again.
Last summer I planted a Gaura, with its lovely, airy habit. I made sure to take cuttings and this summer there’s two more. Unfortunately the deer have taken a fancy to them and there’s no flowers at the moment, although plenty more buds. The bitter winter killed off a pretty pale mauve penstemon but luckily I have a cutting planted out. I’m not sure it will flower this year but you never know.
Another rescue: an expensive euphorbia, ‘Black Pearl’, which carelessly died on me. As you see, it’s very slow growing as this is all the progress the cutting has made. Not lost forever, though.
Grown from seed, the Cerinthe
has done very well, making good clumps. Bees love it. There’s also plenty of Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’,
doing well but too short for my liking. The Cleomes were a failure and the plants of Nicotiana sylvestris have succumbed to slugs. The ups and downs of gardening.