February can be a hard month in terms of cold and snow in my neck of the woods. Green is rare except in my bay window where many of my plants are clustered for sunlight and warmth. Among them are plants I put outdoors when the temperatures become more moderate. This little space in my house preserves my plants, but also lets my eyes feast on verdant beauty.
Also. about this time of year, the shamrocks start to look spindly and less healthy looking. Even though I have watered and fed them over the winter, they wear a paler green than I would like. Some have stems that have dried and turned an unwanted amber color. The long stems tangle with each other and become near-to-a-nuisance.
The shamrock root is a small bulb. When I want to produce more plants, I separate and re-pot the bulbs. This year I will refrain from the dividing of roots. I have enough plants for this summer and will not start any new roots now.
I will, however, give them some TLC. They will get a trim. When I take the leaves and stems off of the plants, the root which is still full of life, will put forth new, young, fiddle-head-looking stems. Healthy leaves and blossoms will come again. Their look-of-new-life will declare the happy thought that, “Spring is coming.”
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photo credits:Wenda Grabau