Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Green Post


The photo is from the other day. My struggling Brunnera Jack Frost with the one big leaf glowing with the light passing through it. If the Flash is on the Faint white you can see on the leaf stands out more.
I think this is a woods type plant that loves damp, cool, shady place. It needs a garden to grow in. At the moment it is growing in a pot covered with wood chippings. I bought it from the Tatton Park floral marquee a few months ago.
It keeps growing new leaves, but then the older ones get crinkly and die.
Vanillalotus wrote a post that mentioned her local Freecycycle group. She was going to pick up some African Violets that needed rehousing in the San Antonio area.
She then responded to my comment and said there was a Wakefield Freecycle group. I signed up, got a welcome email ever, and am now on it.
Its a grass roots group that recycles unwanted house hold stuff. Instead of being put into a landfill it is offered on the local area group as Offered. Like washing machines, sofas, pianos, or in Vanillalotus's group African violets! You can also put wanted notices, as long as they are within reason. Local Volunteers moderate the groups too.
The link for the main page is here: http://www.freecycle.org/
I do not have any Saintpaulia at the moment.They are on my wishlist now.Last year I was trying to grow new plants from leaf cuttings. I managed to get mine to flower for 9 months of the year!
Freecycle is another example of the small things we can do to help the environment. If I had a garden it would have a compost heap. I dont use any chemicals, and try to practise natural techniques using nature as a weopen against pests and bugs.
Recycling stuff and preventing it becoming landfill will help the natural world. It is a green post, green Brunnera leaf, and green group!

4 comments:

Vanillalotus said...

I tried to research on what might be ailing your brunnera but I found nothing really. Is there any place that you could put it were it will get some shade?
I'm glad you looked into freecycle. It's a great place with a great mission. Sadly my african violets have been taken by someone else. I went to the persons house yesterday but could not find their number. I was going to pick them up today but someone picked them up yesterday when they came to get something else. Oh well better luck next time. At least they got a good home.

snappy said...

Hi VanillaLotus,Im gutted that you never got those african violets.If you lived closer I'd send you some plants!Fingers crossed that some plants come your way.I find sometimes the plants we dream about somehow cross our paths in the near future.
Like the Brunnera, and the Black mondo grass for me.I had them on my wishlist for ages before seeing them at Tatton.I love the freecycle idea and hope to be using soon.
Keep your chin up :)
Thanks for looking at the Brunerra.I suspect the flats moulds are killing the leaves off.It needs shade and fresh soil in a garden. Fingers crossed!!

Vanillalotus said...

I actually put up a want ad on freecycle asking for any cutting, divisions, seeds, or anything they don't want any more. Surprisingly I got a lot of replies. I have one older lady that I talked to who wants to give me tons of cuttings from some plants that she says are very old. She wants to give me a night blooming cereus, and foxtail ferns, petunias, poinsetta, and all this other stuff. I would recommend if you are looking for more plants to put a want ad and see what people will want to give.

snappy said...

Thanks Vanillalotus.I will put on a wanted advert when i get this house.What a long winded way to move house through estate agents!
It will be fun seeing what people will part with to help plant my new garden!