Peter came home with this GIANT cup and saucer the other day. I spent quite a while pretending to drink tea from it (unfortunately, and it is a shame, it has a hole in the bottom so I can’t really drink tea out of it). Once I’d stopped giggling like a five year old, I thought it might look rather nice with a geranium in it.
And when I saw the sorry state of the dried out and pot-bound geranium, I thought it was about time I gave all my houseplants a little lift. I know I should do this more often. The lovely Alys Flowers (as Fay calls her) talks about poor little houseplants, overwatered or dried out, with too much sun, or no sun, in tiny little pots, crying out for more room. It’s quite sad, and brings a tear to my eye when I read it. (Often a tear of guilt, knowing that my poor houseplants are themselves trapped in such a state).
I took all my plants outside, and realised that some were already outside, huddling together for warm. They looked quite pretty collected on the patio, which made me think I should have more pots out there next year. I didn’t have enough big pots for everything, but they all moved up at least one size, and all had fresh compost and an apology. Some were appallingly potbound. Some were completely dry. Two had been in the garden for weeks, and were soaked through. I don’t know how they’re still alive.
(Goodness, this is quite an embarrassing confession!)Anyway, here they are, all spreading their roots and settling nicely into their new beds, breathing a sigh of relief, no doubt. The geranium looks quite pleased with its new pot. Do you neglect houseplants too? Please tell me it’s not just me! Any tips for being a slightly less useless plant guardian?