Today I have a day off from work so I have time to reflect on some of my past blogs. I start with “A Moral Dilemma” when I “stole” a fuchsia cutting from a derelict garden. For two years I had passed this garden full of rubbish and noticed this little fuchsia stem produce one beautiful flower after a frosty winter. The garden just became a place to throw even more rubbish and I feared for the existence of this fuchsia so I managed to find a little cutting and took it home hoping that it would root. This was last November, it is now mid April, the cutting is now at least 2ft tall and flowering, It had lived on my kitchen window cill but has now been put outside to harden off and keep growing, it will probably end up as a large bush, the flowers are beautiful with dark purple sepals and a shocking pink inside. A great return for my dilemma , I can now feel justified because after I had taken the cutting an Estate agent drove a “To Let” sign stake right through the root of the mother plant. I love it, it is my very special plant.!
My next thought concerns “A Sad State Of Affairs” when I wrote about a very young friend “David” who travels on the same bus as I do from work. During the hard winter my friends have driven me to and from work so I have not seen the shy and rather cowed child with the trumpet who had been bullied by other children. Imagine my pleasure when on my first stint of waiting for the bus to arrive( it is always late) I spotted “David” rushing around with a group of boys his own age, behaving noisily, probably a bit badly, having just been let out of school, one of the “gang ” at last. I found his reaction to me interesting. While his friends were around we ignored each other (I did not want to harm his street cred) but as soon as they boarded their buses he came over and told me that every thing was going well, his sister was still bossy, and that he was getting on well with his trumpet lessons, I said that I was very pleased that he now had friends to rush around with. He grinned happily as he made his way to the back of the bus as usual.
I am now going to give an up to date report on my “Container Garden”. All the spring bulbs that I planted in containers turned out very well, I think that they all flowered.The daffodils and narcissus were particularly beautiful but my favourite ones were the purple and red anemones, I just wish that there had been more red ones in the packet. The primulas survived the winter frosts and are now in full flower. My window cill and cold frame “Greenhouse” are full of tomato plants, pepper plants courgettes ,cucumber,squash and pumpkin plants waiting for the weather to warm up so that I can put them out which should be sometime in May. It is now April 24th and the Met. Office is giving “Frost’ for the week end, I hope that it will warm up soon before the plants force me out of the flat. Here’s hoping!