Tuesday 24/3/20 Succulents and Mirabilis

We are due to start propagating our succulents so today we took cuttings from the stapelia and the kalanchoe. They’ll need to dry for a couple of days so on Thursday we will pot them up and also propagate the crassula and the haworthia and check on the stapelia seedlings. We have prepared a potting mix with extra sand and filled enough pots ready for the day. We will let you know how it goes!
The other focus for today was the mirabilis jalapa, the four o’clock flower. It is a half hardy perennial and the ones we overwintered inside are just starting to show buds. But we sowed some saved seeds as a precaution a couple of weeks ago, and they germinated well. But they had no idea about social distancing so today we potted them up and gave them more space.
As a break from growing, John held the ladder while Gil fixed a gutter, and then John painted the fence (at least the side we see from the house), pausing from time to time to watch our first butterflies – several tortoiseshell and one peacock.

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