Friday, February 13, 2009

I need a Garden 12-step sponsor -- help me please!

Ok, I'm coming clean. This is my German Double Pink Brugmansia. (See the unbelievably tall, skinny stalk that goes all the way to the ceiling?)

I know I should cut it down at least some and let it start again at a more reasonable height, but...

...I can't do it.

I just can't.

It will be unstable, I may not be able to get it OUT of the greenhouse, and it might break off in the gusty winds we have out here all the time if I leave it like this.

I know all this.

But I still can't bring myself to cut off this new growth at the top.

I'm just so glad it survived my digging it up and potting it for overwintering in the greenhouse.

It seems so, well ... mean.

So, I need the computer equivalent of a group chant:

Do it, do it, do it, do it!

Won't you help push me over the edge?!


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Put on your sneakers and JUST DO IT!

Gail said...

Do it...even if you don't want to...just do it. There is no waiting for a want to do it moment!

Diana said...

Lisa -- Ok - I'll put on my Nikes -- maybe that will give me the umph!

Gail -- I know, no more stalling, it will just take longer to get going again....

You make me laugh. I don't know if you'll make me prune, but you make me laugh, and that's good these days.

queenofseaford said...

Uh, so what's the quote I am trying to come up with??? OHHH, right--- "Put on your big girl pants and deal with it." sorry,,, think of all the babies you could have if you just did some cuttings.

dinzie said...

Feel the fear and do it anyway :O)


Carol said...

You can do it, we know you can! Maybe you've already done it?

Diana said...

Janet - I love that saying! Good point -- but YOU have pushed me over the edge -- cuttings! I can trim those top stalks and try to root them all! Now THAT will make me "just do it!"

Dinzie -- I think I can, I think I can!

Carol - I haven't, but TODAY is the day!

getgrounded said...

Diana, I have been told that those cuttings root quite easily, and just think, maybe she is trying to tell you she wants to spread her loveliness around to more areas. As warm as your yard is, I'll bet you don't have to put them in a container, I'll bet they would grow right in the ground and go through winter with a bit of mulch. Just get quiet inside, and ask her if it's okay for her to get a lovely haircut to go with her great look in preparation for bikini season. And think of the great scent in the garden from all those Brugs!

Diana said...

GetGrounded -- that's great news. Now I really am motivated. She's going to get a "trim" this afternoon and I'll try to get some more little ones out of the deal. And listening to the radio this morning, they were talking about how leggy Pride of Barbados will be after our mild winter if we don't cut them back just a little bit. The universe is sending me signs. Thanks.

Lancashire rose said...

I used to have a cactus that grew so tall it reached the ceiling. I would put it out for the summer and it was a terrible job getting it through the door. It was so long and thin it finally broke off- so you will be much happier if you cut it right back. it will reward you by sending up multiple branches with multiple flowers.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Suck it up and do it:) It will only hurt for a minute. You can handle it and think of all the babies it will make.

Diana said...

Lancashire Rose -- I am hoping you're right and it will be happier and reward me with more blooms. That's what I'm counting on! Did your cactus survive the break?

Debbi - Oh yeah! I am going to do it was chilly and damp all day yesterday, so I decided to wait. But she's comin' down!

Meems said...

You have gotten some great pruning shoves here already. I suppose you mustered up the courage yesterday to cut back what will be a happy plant when you are done. Sometimes it is easier than other to take the shears to plants... I understand. But we know it must be done... for the life of the plant.

I'm so glad you were able to use my ginger post to help with dividing yours. I just love those plants. Mine have lasted for years and I have gotten so many more of them by dividing. Just as winter was on her way I dug up a few for an anticipated new area this spring. They've been in pots all winter waiting for the new home I hope I can make for them in the next few weeks. The established ones (I probably have 30) survived the cold weather we had too... of course they are the understory of the oak trees which helps protect them. But there were other plants under there that weren't so fortunate. That's how it goes in gardening.
Have a great day and great gardening in your greenhouse!
Meems @ Hoe and Shovel

Annie in Austin said...

My brugmansia is planted in the ground, Diana - has died to a few inches tall and still zoomed up to 6-feet high by summer. So don't be afraid ;-]

Good luck at getting new plants from the chopped-off top!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Diana said...

Meems & Annie -- I mustered up the courage and did the deed today! I made 3 new cuttings - put them in pots with good soil and a little fertilizer on top and watered them well. And I talked to them. I'll post the results tomorrow. Thanks for all your support! Meems - I'll let you know how it goes with the ginger.