After two fairly dry Winters, and an unseasonably dry Spring, the water reservoirs are worryingly low. Many counties in the South and East of England have hosepipe bans in place and many have been waiting anxiously for the rain to return. At the moment there are no water restrictions in this part of the country but, nevertheless, we’re trying to conserve water and use it carefully. I’m pleased to say that the long Easter weekend has been rather damp!
We were actually pleased when it started to rain yesterday – and it pretty much hasn’t stopped! After feeding the chickens and checking the garden over, I came back indoors damp and cold… only to notice that my houseplants are suddenly doing well! You may well be thinking “big deal!” but to me this is really exciting. You see, I’ve never been very good with houseplants, they always look tired, pale and pretty miserable. This is not due to neglect – I water them, feed them, re-pot them when necessary but also probably kill them with kindness! I live in an old, drafty house so the combination of cold spots and log fires is enough to make anything stressed!
I first noticed that the Tradescantia had a single lilac bloom on it a couple of days ago. My Mum’s same plant is smothered with these little blossoms and she can seemingly grow houseplants without trying! The Clementine Tree has continued to blossom and is showing signs of fruit. The smell of the blossoms is amazing! Finally, the Christmas Cherry has also started to fruit and looks remarkedly well. Taking all of this into consideration I now have reasonable hopes for my poor little Orchid that has been slowly dessicating as I was informed not to over water it!
This really is progress – if only I could figure out what I am doing right after twenty years of house plant abuse!
And to make this Easter break extra happy the new girls have started to lay eggs!