When Cuttings Seem To Take


Thursday 20 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

In the winter, like many gardeners, I tend to cut, trim, prune and chop a lot of the shrubs and trees in order to stimulate growth etc. Granted, our ‘winter’ is very short, so it’s a busy few weeks around New Year that I attempt chores like this.

I am no expert and have no real knowledge about gardening, unlike some of the bloggers who astound me with their gardens, but everything I do has been proven through that good old methodology; trial and error.




Last winter I chopped back one shrub/bush/tree/plant thing (see above) that I stuffed into a hole in a bed on one side of the house a few years ago. Some of the chopped bits were ‘stuffed’ into a patch of spare earth in one of the veg gardens, and left to mother nature.

I don’t ‘do’ anything to them, other than water the same as the nearby veggies during the five months of summer. I don’t prepare them or anything, just clip and poke into the soil, and then see what’s worked the following autumn.




Looks like some have taken… 🙂




These are not planted out in some nice border, just growing alongside the peppers! In January, I shall dig them up and transplant elsewhere to form yet another patch of colour in the garden…








10 thoughts on “When Cuttings Seem To Take

  1. AnnetteM says:

    Those are really pretty – I don’t know what they are though. I hope someone will identify them.
    That last photo is really good – you can see the little hairs on the flowers. They are a beautiful colour.

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  2. They’re pretty flowers.
    According to some psychologists, trial and error is the most effective mode of learning, provided you don’t kill yourself in the process or, in your case, risk killing your plants instead! Well done. You obviously have naturally green fingers.


  3. Have you ever thought of exhibiting at Chelsea Spike?


    • Uncle Spike says:

      Too far to travel 🙂
      Nah, I’m really just a hack n hope kind of gardener. I learn by mistake mostly, and to go with, not against nature, that’s all. Just a semi-retirement hobby I guess, but on a large scale


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