Friday, July 23, 2010

A fun experiment

I read a lot of blogs, so I don't remember where I read this, but they said if - instead of pulling celery stalks off the bunch one by one - you cut the root end off and plant it, it will grow.  I happened to have two bunches of celery here, so...... I cut off about an inch or so of the root end, and stuck them in the nearly empty pot where I had to pull up my squash plants. 

Look what I got!!

I found this sprout yesterday!   I have never known anyone to grow celery, so I don't know its growth habits, or whether there is enough time left in the season to get anything, but it's kind of 'something for nothing" so I've got nothing to lose.  (yes that is bunny poo you see) 

As for the other plants, I have fed the birds from a feeder off the corner of my deck for years, and there is a nice thick layer of sunflower shells on the ground there.  I had a couple of extra tomato plants, and not wanting to waste them, I stuck them in next to the rose that grows there.  Even though they only get sun for a few hours in that spot, they are very robust, full of blooms and little 'maters.   On the other hand, my potted tomato plants on the deck steps are only doing OK.  The yellow pear is still producing, but I think it may be succumbing to the tomato blight that is going around.  The heritage/non-hybrids varieties of tomatoes are still healthy so far.     The Burbee Beefsteak has only 1 tomato. (sigh) 

I always put a few flowers on my deck to enjoy from inside the house, and I think this is my favorite combo ever: 


I bought one dark red pelargonium, stuck in a clump of rudbeckia "Goldsturm' that spread like wildfire this Spring in the postage-stamp garden.  Likewise a piece of lavender 'Hidcote' I broke off last year and rooted over the winter, and my all-time favorite 'filler' annual - salvia 'Victoria Blue.'  There are also a few mini snapdragons at the foot of the lilac, but they didn't have any blooms at the time I took the photo.    It may be a little heat-stressed, or a tad past it's prime here, but I really like the combination of colors and textures.  

I am staying home from the auction this week!  I scored some neat things again last week - a copper heart-shaped tray, a signed piece of Israeli art pottery from the '50s, an old (1935) copy of one of L. Frank Baum's "Oz" series books, and a couple pieces of jewelry I plan to take apart and re-do more to my liking.  I keep spending more and more each week though.  I've got to regain control!    

That's it for today from Wren Cottage.....


  1. You have a green thumb, my dear -- and apparently an eye for a bargain at the auction! But even bargains add up, don't they. I should have you shop for the perfect little box for my Turkish spindles, or maybe one for each....

  2. Hi Deb - I think I saw this on Chickens in the Road blog a week or maybe a few weeks ago - Suzanne McMinn's blog. That is so cool that it worked for you. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on the rug hooking post. I think what I saw on the Romney Ridge Farm Facebook entry was hooking done with yarn, it almost looked like a type of embroidery, and then you fill in the center of the sketching. I'll have to write to Kelly there and ask her about it. She's talented enough to do her own pattern drawings. Very impressive! Your flowers are lovely, and I enjoyed the color combinations. Thanks for sharing. Take care, from a fellow Lexingtonian.

  3. Kathy, you are right! It was "Chickens in the Road," because she posted an update about it. So far, only on eof the two roots I planted came up though.... Oh well!