When I got back from Darwin after my teaching practical, I have to admit that I was a little concerned about how my garden would look. After all, six weeks is no short time for my precious plant collection, without my caring hand watching over them.
As it turned out, when the majority of my plants are succulents, six weeks is no time at all. In fact, my garden was positively flourishing under nothing more than an occasional look over from Dean, and the caring hand of Mother Nature!
In the time since I returned, I’ve been working to grow my plant collection even more. Now that I know I’m not going to be leaving town for any long stretches, I’ve allowed my inner plant lady to unfurl a little and start to take in plants from all corners. My succulents have grown considerably, and I’ve made a trip or two to Bunnings to get some new ones. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting another plant enthusiast who shared some cuttings with me. It’s hard for me to believe that around May I had no garden at all. It wasn’t until I caught up with a single fellow succulent lover that my collection really took off. With a very generous box of cuttings, this friend jump-started my little balcony garden, and it hasn’t stopped since.
As well as those succulents and a cactus or two, my collection now includes a number of tropical plants. Some of these came back as (approved) cuttings from the Northern Territory, which while they did have an admittedly high failure rate resulted in a few survivors. The rest I’ve grabbed from here and there, a few Devil’s Ivy cuttings, and some bottle babies (terrarium plants) that I’m growing in pots. In the winter, these will have to be my indoor babies, but for now they’re sitting in some indirect light soaking up the summer warmth.
I’m lucky enough to have two reasonable balconies in our little apartment. There isn’t heaps of space, and the sunlight is far from ideal, but now that I’m set up I’ve really started to get good growth on my plants. I love seeing plants grow and while many of my succulents are somewhat slow growth plants, I’m expecting these tropicals to get quite a bit of size in the warmer months ahead. Then, when summer is done and autumn has set in, all these little green plants will be heading inside to keep me company in the winter!!