I worked a couple of days this week and the rest of the time I have been repotting plants and taking cuttings in Portugal my polytunnel.
Yesterday I ended up making some Cornus or Dogwood cuttings. They are natives in Siberia and although deciduous a lot of gardeners love them for their distinctive red bark in winter. They love acidic soil like Irish soil is and you can prune them heavily in Spring or now.
Just make six inch or 15 centimetres cuttings above a leaf node and pot an handful of them in a flower pot full of compost. I am using the German garden centre 3 for 6 EUROS stuff at the moment.
Dogwood bark used to be use for bathing and treating dogs for Mange. Perhaps I should put it in my bath water?
The Red Indians believed in the Dogwood people who lived in the trees.
I also sowed some Rugosa rose seeds that have been residing in the fridge. It was great to see the little tails on the seeds when we took them out of their plastic containers with RUGOSA wrote on the lids. Apparently the fridge creates winter like conditions and helps with the germination.
Tomorrow Sunday. I will have ago at taking some conifer and holly cuttings. Storm Jorge is roaring outside today and it's a day on the internet and keeping warm near the solid fuel range. It's good to have an hobby that pays and rewards the spirit too.
What have you been up to lately in the garden, greenhouse, polytunnel or even kitchen window sill?
It's St David's Day tomorrow, the first day of Spring!