Tuesday, July 1, 2008

A pitcher of Coleus and a new book



I had to cut back--and I mean CUT BACK--my coleus in the wheel barrow today. I have been
"pinching" it back some, and creating a few new little pots, but today I had to just throw some out. However, don't know the name of this type, but I thought it would be pretty in this little pitcher in my kitchen so I kept some of the cuttings. I'll keep the pitcher full of water and the coleus will be happy in the kitchen for a while, then I'll find a pot to plant it in. Actually, with coleus, you can just break it off and stick it directly into dirt. I've done that many times in my window boxes this year--and all the coleus look great. You do need to make sure you keep the new little ones watered.
And, I bought a new book. It's called The curious gardener's Almanac by Niall Edworthy. It's a collection of facts, curiosities, wisdom, tips and great quotations. I love books like this. You can read them from cover to cover, or, just pick them up and read at random.

I especially love quotes...like this...


"We may think that we are tending our garden, but of course, in many different ways, it is the garden and the plants that are nurturing us."
Jenny Uglow

10 comments:

Eve said...

Oh, I'm so glad I got tagged to play...you have a wonderful blog..well you didn't tag me,,one of your victims did..LOL....it was fun...hope they vist...and you too...you almost have to since you started it......all that sunshine outside and I am inside playing tag on the computer...what what I thinking?

Perennial Gardener said...

Now you just need a big glass of lemonade or iced tea...enjoy your book. Let me know if it's good. By the way I love Coleus, it has interesting foliage. I almost bought one the other day that was ruffled. It was red and lime green.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Hi Eve! Glad you enjoyed playing tag! Thanks for the compliment on my blog. I am just a beginner--have lots to learn!
I am going over to visit your blog as soon as I finish here!

Meadowview Thymes said...

perennialgardner..
Make that peach/mango iced tea. YUM!!!!

JenningsJunk said...

Coleus sounds like a plant that never ends...good thing it's so pleasant to look at...I look forward to more tidbits and excerts from your new book -- happy reading!!

misterreereeder said...

And here is another quote for you.
"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies." -- Gertrude Jekyll

Meadowview Thymes said...

Misterreereeder--how beautiful! And how true!! Of course it would be coming from the "master" of gardening!

Barbee' said...

That makes a very pretty arrangement in your pitcher. Ah! A new book.. joys await. There is nothing else like it.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Barbee--I feel the same way about a new book! Such joy! I just can't seem to resist. (kind of like a new plant!)

cindee said...

Your coleus is looking very happy in the pitcher!! What a lovely setting for your table!!! I have grown them in the past. I don't know why I don't have any this year. The book sounds really fun. I love the quote too!!!!