Horticulture can be such a bad habit. (Where have I heard that before?) Once one learns how to grow horticultural commodities, it is difficult to stop. Pruning scraps get processed into more cuttings. Self sown seedlings get relocated instead of discarded. Extra pups (divisions) get salvaged as if the garden can accommodate more. There are several acres of landscapes here, but it is not enough for what we could grow.

1. While dividing a bunch of Morea bicolor, I found a single shoot of Morea iridioides. How did that get in there? I should have discarded it. Perhaps it will grow to become something useful.P00725-1

2. Pruning scraps of zonal geraniums got plugged as cuttings, but then did not get separated as they grew. There may be a dozen in there. They are nice, but we really do not need any more.P00725-2

3. When composting just is not good enough, plug cuttings instead. There may be a dozen Ponderosa lemon cuttings here. One is too many. They are not grafted, so will be on their own roots.P00725-3

4. Boston ivy is fortunately not as abundant as I thought it would be. We wanted four, so I plugged a hundred cuttings. It seemed to make sense at the time. Most did not survive. Plenty did.P00725-4

5. This self sown bigleaf maple is not in the nursery, but I want it to be. It should not remain where it is. I may dig and can it this autumn, as if there is a situation into which to install it later. P00725-5

6. These summer squash are not from the nursery, but from right downstairs. They are happy with all the runoff they get from above. Neighbors have been getting many pounds of squash.P00725-6

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19 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Nursery Schooled

    1. Those in the picture are the more colorful sort that are commonly available in nurseries. The original plants (that the cuttings were taken from) have done well for us. However, the big weedy sort that grow wild are even easier to grow. They were my first zonal geraniums, and what I prefer, even if they are not as colorful.


  1. It is an affliction! I threw out a morea that I had grown from seed a couple of years ago and just was doing nothing. I wonder what I was doing wrong? I gave it a warning, but didn’t perk up so into the compost it went. Will get another one one day.

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    1. They are overrated. They are very resilient, and pleased to perform as they must, but they are not very interesting. It seems to me that they are not happy in pots, as if they really want to disperse their roots. If mine is still wimpy this autumn, it may get plugged out in a landscape somewhere as if it were a bearded iris.

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  2. I know one or two gardener for whom the propagation is the thrill, the creation of far too many new plants and the then need to find friends who would like to grow them. It is not the worst of pastimes and the friends love it.

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  3. There’s often a lot more satisfaction, and fun, in propagating your own instead of buying something. Especially if it means creating something new, and anticipating the result, like crossing daylily varieties to create e a new colour. Is that white squash a zucchini??

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  4. I am a propagation junkie, but I figure it is better than being a cat collector. The past two days, I must have transplanted close to 75 Drimipsis maculata that reproduced on their own. I just couldn’t throw them out.

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  5. I end up with way too many perennial coreopsis. I can’t bear to throw out any of the pieces that come up when I deadhead to hard, and incorrectly. Now, when it comes to dividing oregano, I forced myself to rip up the ones I didn’t replant. I said to myself, “You are not providing the entire street with oregano starts.” It’s drastic, but ripping the roots off stops my temptation! I always “save” pieces of penstemon though. Why I kept lemony mint I don’t know, it already spreads on its own!

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    1. No way! I do the same with some overly abundant plants! If I do not ruin them, I will stress over planting them! Also, I so save penstemon, just because it does not self propagate too excessively.


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