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six narcissus and two peppers in terracotta pots on a table; a spider plant hangs in the background . one pepper plant in a terracotta pot on a table
1) six narcissus, two peppers (and a spider plant), Monday, 30 January 2017
2) the Lazarus pepper, chilling out


spider plant in water
3) Babylon the spider plant, growing new roots


This is going to be my last plant post for a while, since the narcissus have reached the stage where they're just going to look increasingly decrepit (a sad inevitability with flowers) and the Lazarus pepper is not doing anything of note.

When I get and plant a new batch of seeds, I will of course photograph that. :)

Meanwhile, my only active plant project is my slow repotting of my older spider plants. The third picture above is Babylon (one of my big hanging plants) growing new roots for its various components in a giant pool of water. That is going a lot faster than I expected, and I should be ready to return Babylon to actual soil by mid-February.

So, you know, life goes on.


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six narcissus and two peppers in terracotta pots on a table; a spider plant hangs in the background . two pepper plants in terracotta pots on a table
1) six narcissus, two peppers (and a spider plant), Monday, 23 January 2017
2) two peppers, Monday, 23 January 2017


a small green pepper plant in a terracotta pot . two small red bell peppers, with human fingers for scale
3) the Lazarus pepper
4) the decapitated pepper


Kitchen table garden update!

The narcissus are, as is the way with flowers, beginning to wilt a little. One of them is also starting to get very floppy about the leaves. Alas! Still, there are some unopened buds and hopefully I will get a few more blossoms before they wither as all things do.

Meanwhile the Lazarus pepper still has that last tiny bud, which has not shriveled and fallen off. It doesn't really look like it's going to bloom, either, but what the heck.

The decapitated pepper is going to get harvested tonight. :) If I am on top of things, it will also get turned into fajita filling tonight, but that part might end up delayed until tomorrow.


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1) six narcissus, two peppers (and a spider plant), Monday, 16 January 2017
2) two peppers, Monday, 16 January 2017


a small green pepper plant in a terracotta pot . two small ripening bell peppers, with human fingers for scale
3) the Lazarus pepper, still cheerfully doing nothing in particular
4) the decapitated pepper, which I will probably harvest later this week


As you can see, my kitchen table is pleasantly green. :) Most of the narcissus have opened their secondary flower clusters to at least some degree. I have also given every plant at least one stake -- a couple have two -- to keep them from falling over. That sort of floppiness is fine outside, especially when the plants are growing in a thick bank of flowers and can lean on each other to some degree, but it looks tacky indoors: hence stakes.

The Lazarus pepper still has that one tiny unopened bud, but it doesn't seem in any hurry to develop; I very strongly suspect it never will. The decapitated pepper is about ready to harvest, and in fact I plan to snip off those peppers on Thursday or Friday and use them to make another batch of fajita filling. We shall see how well that plan holds up in practice. *wry*


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1) six narcissus (plus two peppers and a spider plant), Monday, 9 January 2017


All six of them are doing nicely. Four are now blooming -- in fact, both of narcissus A's flower clusters are open -- and I think even C and F will get in on the act over the next couple days.

(For reference, and because I don't believe I've ever mentioned this before, the 'saucers' I use with my terracotta pots are actually the lids of old takeout containers, courtesy of my long and delicious relationship with Jade Garden, a local Chinese restaurant. This is what 'reduce, reuse, recycle' look like in action, folks. *wry*)


six individual photos under the cut )


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six narcissus plants in terracotta pots on a kitchen table
1) six narcissus, Friday, 6 January 2017


For convenience, I have 'named' the plants. Starting from the front left pot (in picture #1), and going clockwise, they are A, B, C, D, E, and F. Plants A, B, and E have begun to bloom, and plants C, D, and F are on track to follow within a few days. :)

All plants except A should eventually have three flower sprays; A will only have two. (A penalty for being the earliest bloomer, perhaps?)

I am turning the pots 90 degrees clockwise every morning, to hopefully prevent the plants from growing sideways and falling over. I have also added stakes to A and E (and to B after I took these photos), since they were leaning a bit last night. They have been much more vertical today, but I figure better safe than sorry.

But anyway, eeeeee pretty flowers!! :DDD


six individual photos under the cut )


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Nothing much has changed, really? The decapitated pepper is still slowly ripening, and I think the Lazarus pepper still has one undeveloped bud that hasn't shriveled and fallen off. This is, of course, completely ridiculous since I'm going to start a new batch of seeds in less than two months (my goal is the last week of February, or March 1 at the absolute latest), but whatever, I am willing to sit back and let it do what it wants.


two pepper plants in terracotta pots on a kitchen table
1) two peppers, Monday, 2 January 2017


a small pepper plant . two small bell peppers, both turning red, with human fingers for scale
2) the Lazarus pepper (it might still have one bud???)
3) the decapitated pepper, ripening nicely


Meanwhile, my six narcissus bulbs are growing great guns. (I mean, the right front one is lagging the rest by several days, but hey, that means I will have flowers over a longer period of time so I am not exactly complaining here. *wry*) It looks like all of them will have at least two blossom clusters, and one will even have three -- very exciting! :)


six narcissus plants in terracotta pots on a kitchen table
4) six narcissus plants in various stages of exuberant growth


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So my narcissus bulb from last year, which began sprouting with such promise in November, turned out to be kind of a bust. Not only did it fail to bloom, it also couldn't properly support its own leaves and is just very sad. :(


a small narcissus sprout in a black ceramic pot . narcissus leaves falling over under their own weight
1) old narcissus, Monday, 21 November 2016
2) old narcissus, Monday, 19 December 2016


However!

I went to this year's solstice ceremony on Tuesday the 20th, and the narcissus bulbs seem to have become a tradition because I got a new one. In fact, I got six; there were a bunch left over and the organizers started encouraging people to grab extras as the service broke up into general socializing. :)

I left my new bulbs in a shallow, water-filled dish over the weekend while I was away, and they responded by enthusiastically sprouting roots. So when I arrived home this afternoon, I went to Agway and bought two bags of potting soil (I didn't actually need both now, but I will need a bunch of dirt in March or April for my next batch of peppers and I figured I might as well stock up now) and duly potted them.


six narcissus bulbs in a shallow dish . six narcissus bulbs in terracotta pots
3) new bulbs after a weekend in water, Monday, 26 December 2016
4) new bulbs potted, Monday, 26 December 2016


My ultimate plan is to move the bulbs out to the back yard -- probably between my porch/deck and the scraggly raspberry canes that Upstairs Neighbor E planted last summer (they lived! barely, though, and they produced, I think, one berry between the three of them. drought, you know?) -- after they finish blooming this winter. And then perhaps I will have OUTDOOR narcissuses (narcissi? narcissus? argh, whatever) in April 2018. :D


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1. Washed laundry, dried laundry, put laundry away.

2. Changed linens.

3. Took recycling bins to the curb for pickup. Brought them back in Monday morning, and consolidated the stuff that didn't get taken (because it was frozen to the bins, argh) into a single bin.

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And now I think I will try tackling that missing scene in my DDSS fic, because it will be easier for Vicky to edit a complete work than a work with a gaping hole in the middle. *wry*
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three small green-and-white narcissus shoots in a dark ceramic pot . green narcissus shoots in a black pot on a kitchen counter, in front of a spider plant in a jar of water
1) Monday, 21 November 2016
2) Monday, 28 November 2016


My narcissus continues to grow apace, as you can see from the first two photos. :)


somewhat scraggly spider plant in a plastic pot, sitting on a kitchen table
3) Monday, 28 November 2016


In other plant news, my mom wanted to get rid of her last spider plant, and I told her that instead of throwing it away, she should give it to me. (I am a total sucker for spider plants. I do not try very hard to correct this weakness.) Unfortunately for the plant, as they were unpacking the car last Tuesday, it got knocked loose and fell into my driveway, tipping the plant and soil out of the pot in dreadful disarray.

I managed to mostly clean and repot the plant, though one section had completely snapped free of its roots and had to be dunked in a container of water instead. I don't currently have a hook from which to hang the pot, but I am pondering my options and hope to get something set up within the next week or so.

I should probably do some repotting work on a few of my other spider plants while I’m at it...


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tiny green sprout at the tip of a bulb, planted in a dark ceramic pot



I potted my narcissus bulb last night. I'd poured water on it the day before to soften the roots a bit... and it turned out that some fungal spores had gotten into the pot over the spring or summer, which rapidly began sprouting into gray fuzz. So I washed the now-flexible roots as best I could (and trimmed off the most infected parts), and spritzed some anti-fungal spray into the dirt around them as I potted the bulb.

It seems to be trying for two main sprouts again this year. We shall see how things progress. :)


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