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Monday, October 31, 2011

I got my horticulture midterm exam score today

And I got a 98%!  I only missed one true/false problem, and I only missed it because in some way I had reasoned that it was a trick question and that I was much cleverer than a trick question.  It wasn't a trick question.  Silly me.  But I am quite happy with my score, I hope I do as well on the final in December!

Friday, October 28, 2011

A new member of the clan

Meet the newest member of the gang, Haworthia turgida! I won this little succulent once again at a Botaniculture meeting. I have good luck, I guess.

Desi had a little adventure last week. One night I went out to bring in the plants, Desi wasn't there! I looked around in case it was knocked over and simply misplaced but no dice. I brought the other two in and immediately posted on Facebook in my building's group that I wanted my plant back in its usual spot in the morning, no questions asked. Lo and behold, the next morning, there Desi was, looking no worse for wear. I'm just glad it's back, though I don't understand why someone would move/take it (since I don't know what really happened). The next day, another girl on my floor said that her plant, Archie the Basil (we like names around here) wasn't where she left him, either. Luckily Archie made it home, safe and sound.

And in other horticulture related news, I took my first ENH (Environmental Horticulture) exam today, and I think I did quite well! Though I know I missed one of the true/false questions. I'll post what I got once I receive my score. I'm on my way!

I also recently cut back my peppermint, and I think it looks much healthier for it. Now I just need to find unflavored black tea so I can have fresh peppermint tea!

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Loss and a Gain

I'm going to just come right out and say it: I killed my lavender cutting that I took with me to Davis. It was in a 6 inch pot when it should have been in a 4 inch pot - the soil was holding too much water for the cutting's young roots to absorb; thus, the soil wasn't drying out and allowing oxygen in, so essentially my plant drowned. I was able to find this out because I showed my environmental horticulture (ENH - Davis is big on acronyms) professor pictures of it dying (I'll spare you, they're quite pathetic and sad). He was able to ascertain was happened rather quickly once I described the situation.

On the bright side, my peppermint is doing well. It seems to have some bugs who find it a tasty home, but I also saw a lady bug on it the other day, so I'm sure things will work out. During the day I put it in the pool yard to get some sun ask the one drawback of my dorm room is that none of the windows receive direct sunlight. The indirect light is pretty weak as well.

The gain is that of a new plant! I went to the first Botaniculture Club (both the Botany & Horticulture clubs combined) and I won an Aloe descoingsii in a raffle. It's the smallest aloe there is, and I nicknamed it Desi. Isn't it cute?

I'm thinking I may get more plants soon, but I haven't made up my mind yet. The farmer's market is tomorrow morning, and when I went two weeks ago, there were lavender plants for $2. So we'll see what's available now.

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