ygmir wrote:*wanders in, pours Becherovka, sets bottle out to share*
so, I planted about 50 lilac cuttings.........from a beautiful, old lilac tree, it makes super dark purple, very large flowers, so I'm hoping if any of the cuttings take, the flowers will be the same.
I had to trim it to put up a deck railing for a friend, and didn't want all the potential to get shredded, or burned, so took the limbs home and clipped all sorts of size and shapes of cuttings, hoping a few will "take" by fortunate accident. If they all take, I'll have two beautiful, 30' hedges of fragrance!!
and speaking of fragrance, I had to kill a skunk today, as well. as I was raking my driveway I saw (what I've been smelling for a couple of day), which was a skunk, laying half under a storage container. Thinking it was dead, or wondering, I tossed a rock near it, to see if it moved......it flinched, but didn't move. this being the middle of the day, and the skunk being pretty much in the open/visible, I knew something was terribly wrong,either severely injured, or more likely, very sick (they tend to carry rabies and distemper in this area).
So, I scampered back up the hill, got a shotgun and went back.....it had not moved. So, I dispatched it, in what I feel was the humane thing to do.
It had to have been suffering for a day or more, since I've been smelling it for that long. I always second guess a decision like that......but, saw it as what to do. End the suffering, and not endanger any other animals in the area who might get exposed.
I did offer respects, and wishes for an easy transition, for the poor little creature...........dang..........
*slugs down shot, pours another and heads to ROS*
You did a good thing. To end suffering can sometimes be very painful. It was good you had shotgun. I once had to use a large rock to kill a suffering animal hit by a car...It was horrible.
Good luck with the lilacs. I little knife nick at the swollen bud areas will often help it to root. When I attempt to grow cuttings, I sometimes put them in a jar with cuttings from willow trees. Willows release a chemical that is probably similar to a rooting hormone, and facilitates rooting of other species. In Canada, where I live, almost anything will root in the springtime. You said the lilacs are already planted, just thought I'd share my love of plants.
My two dutch grandmothers could grow ANYTHING. (I wonder if they could have helped me to grow the medicinal marijuana I need)
I have plants that are cuttings from plants my grandmother grew 50 years ago.
When I walk through my garden at least half of my ( many ) plants are cuttings or divisions from family and friends.
Plants come back to greet me each spring, reminding me of fiends lost to time, or some that have passed away. Life is beautiful, yet fleeting.
Man, I'd love a cup of tea with a slice of coconut cream pie!!
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
- George Bernard Shaw