Goodbye and Hello

In today's short post, I'll say a couple of goodbyes, and a few hellos too. Think of it as a type of "good news / bad news" post. First, the bad news: this will be the last update you'll see of these cactus seedlings.

As you may know I planted these this winter as an experiment and to tide me over with some small-scale gardening until spring arrived. Since they are not cold-hardy cactus, they were always going to be winter houseplants for me.


Since I only have one small south-facing window and it's in front of the kitchen sink, I don't have room to overwinter a dozen or two cactus.

Okay, maybe I could while they're still small, but these guys will eventually get pretty big, and I'm just not ready for that sort of winter commitment.

So I've sent them to somebody who not only lives in a more appropriate climate, but is also a cactus lover: Gerhard at Bamboo and More. He received the little guys last week and wrote about it here.

If you've been looking forward to continued updates on these prickly little succulents, you won't find them here. Gerhard has promised to keep the updates coming though, so that's good news. In other good news I've received a packet of cold-hardy cactus seeds and will be starting those soon, so get ready for a whole new set of cactus seedling updates from me.

So that takes care of the goodbyes. Now for a few hellos in the form of some photos that I've collected in the last couple of weeks but haven't included in any posts. Actually, a couple of them are from posts that I haven't written yet, but I won't quibble if you won't.

Hello! I wish I knew what you were with your tiny happy blooms.

Hello to some of my favorite foliage: Hakuro nishiki willow

Hello, what are you still doing here? Last year's Rudbeckia triloba seed head.

Hello dogwood flowers!

Hello Serviceberry leaves emerging! So many colors in a small space.

Hello Spirea! Are you 'Goldflame'? I think you are.

Hello climbing rose flower buds! Are you going to impress me this year?

So I've said some plant goodbyes, and some hellos too.

Although after a week of rain and strong storms, what I'd really like to do is say goodbye to rain and hello to some sunlight, but it seems like it will be a few days before that happens. Sigh.


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LisaJennings  – (April 26, 2011 at 8:53 AM)  

Sounds like you fared well in the recent storms, good to hear! I love your Hakuro nishiki willow, its one I've been eying. Do you have to cut it back every year to get that great color?

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (April 26, 2011 at 10:31 AM)  

I promise to take good care of the cactus babies :-)

:: Bamboo and More ::

Alan  – (April 26, 2011 at 10:35 AM)  

Lisa: They're still pretty small, so I do prune them to get more branches, but I don't have to cut them down to the ground. Like all willows, super-easy to propagate from cuttings: stick cutting in soil, water, wait. =)

Steve Lau  – (April 26, 2011 at 12:52 PM)  

I just started my own gardening blog today, but I have no idea how to make it look nice, or customize it yet, but so many plants, I might as well. I just made a test post.

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