Mandy Onderwater

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I realised that it's probably nicer to navigate if I kept it all in 1 thread, rather than keeping them seperate. So here be one last thread (hopefully) where I can log my adventures. Even I enjoy looking back where I've come from.

Frankly, this might be my worst year. The weather has been odd; it has been far too dry for many months, then headed into loads of dry heat, annihalating many of my plants. You'll find a lot of plants in this thread that have suffered. But that doesn't stop me. Those standing suffered but didn't die. And those that did die taught me how to handle such a sudden change in weather (sudden heat and drought). And as of 1 or 2 weeks ago we are having daily rain out of nowhere, enough to flood our culvert. It's been too wet to mow, and the whippersnipper suddenly has issues after not being used for a month or 2 (it was serviced in June - please excuse the overgrown garden, working on it).

But troubles aside, there's lots of joy! I've seen my birthday orchid bloom 3 times since I got it in July 2022. My first-ever houseplant (Devil's Ivy) has grown huge and is trailing. I cut off it's second vine and took a pot full of healthy cuttings. Plants I thought had died, surprised me and came back to life. Pots I'd thrown aside thinking they were dead came back to life with turmeric and mint. Granddad bought a clearance orchid and I taught myself to nurse it back to health. I learned to sanitise my tools, what roots were healthy and not, and it's shown great promise since. A sansiveria leaf I found at Bunnings has grown to be a decent sized plant and looks amazingly healthy. Even it's counterpart that I grew in leca and straight water looks healthy (though it didn't grow much, it still looks great).
When granddad got really unwell and hospitalised I bought him orchids and found a corn that I repotted. It's sprouted since, even though it lives in the worst-possible conditions (in front of aircon unit).

Even if this year was a mess with hospitalisations and sadly death, there was also much beauty. My plants brought me peace and joy, even when I neglected them due to lack of time. They stood firm through time and struggles, getting nursed back to their former selves now. A new niece has been born and a nephew is still on the way.

A year with ups and downs. But notheless I learnt more. I'm better than I was before, and have gained knowledge. And hopefully 2024 will bring more joy and things to learn 🤗

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Yep it was a difficult year but hope you are doing alright. Nice to see some of whats going on in the garden, hope this year goes well. I've been impressed with how easily the dahlias grew from seed here and all the colors, and the roots can be eaten if i get really hungry.
 
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I've had a really bad year regarding flowers. They either wouldn't sprout at all, or die very young. Or the weeds overtook them. I'll hope to try again this year though, once the summer eases off. It's been horribly hot and humid, with thunderstorms a-plenty. A lot of new plants that I bought have all died, so now mostly the established plants stuck around. Which is fine in itself, as that collection is steadily growing. I actually surprised myself with the amount of plants that I still have - I somehow thought there were way less!

I didn't know dahlia roots were edible! Well, I didn't know what they looked like. After a quick google it makes sense though. The whole plants seems to be beneficial in one way or another. And it looks lovely too 😍
 
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