Herb bed, Rose Cutting, a Chrysalis and stormy weather

We cleaned up the herb bed Sunday.
We cut back the Stevia and pulled up and bagged the dead herbs and flowers.
It looks better, but still sad after the lush year it had.
I discovered that my accidental rose cutting is trying to bud.
I’m so surprised. I doubt the weather stays warm long enough for it to bloom, but I’ll keep an eye on it and see how far along it gets.
My husband came in from working outside and told me to come and look at something. He said it was something I needed to see.
I followed him to the shed with my camera in hand.
He pointed to a space in the shed door and said, “Look at that.”
I was so tickled to see a black swallowtail butterfly chrysalis in the space. It’s overwintering there. How cool is that?
It’s been storming all night here and it’s still going on. It’s the whole show complete with lightning and sound effects along with curtains of wind and rain. Shelibean is not happy at all. He’s snuggled down under a blanket beside me feeling quite protected from the weather-at-large.

Here’s wishing you all gentle weather this Tuesday.

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Rooting an Accidental Rose Cutting

Around the first week of July some critter broke a little stem a few inches long off my red rose bush. I brought the stem in the house and put it in a 3 oz. Dixie cup of water. I figured it would sit there and probably die, but I didn’t have the heart to throw it away.

I checked the water everyday and added water when it was needed. I was surprised, after a week that it looked like the stem had tiny root buds. The leaves were still healthy, but I clipped them off to hopefuly help it expend it’s energy on rooting.

I didn’t know roses would root in water. I read up on roses rooting in water and apparently it does happen but the survival rate is quite low. The roots grown in water aren’t like the roots grown in soil. I added potting soil to the cup and kept it watered almost muddy.

A week later I noticed some buds trying to grow. After another week I transplanted it to a small flower pot. I’ve kept it outside on the backporch in the shade and set it in the sun a few hours everyday when the weather allows.

The rose cutting has rewarded me with some healthy new leaves.
It’s doing so well. Before too long, I’ll need to transplant it in the ground, but I worry about it surviving the winter. Anyway, for now, I’ll enjoy it’s progress.

This rose cutting is my best success at rooting a rose and it was an accident. A happy accident.

Have you had any happy accident with growing flowers?

Wishing you all a happy week.

 

 

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