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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Garden and all around meanderings on a cold, snowy Sunday morning.

Posted Sunday, December 12, 2010, at 9:10 AM
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  • Snow snow snow, so what better than to trim and propagate some plants. (Don't tell Debbi)

    Several varieties of Dracaena have reached the ceiling and something had to be done. One fell over and attacked Deb's mother and that settled it.

    One variety is the kind you see growing in little pots or vases of water at the local Chinese restaurant. Some months ago I trimmed it up and put the cuttings in a wok we inherited but never used.

    The wok now sits in a place of prominence with about 6 different cuttings growing from a bed of round, decorative stones, immersed in distilled water.

    Another Dracaena reached the ceiling in the kitchen and is now looking more under control while the cuttings are in a pot in a downstairs shower. (at least until the leaves dry and the pot drains)

    A newly potted plant in the greenhouse would not withstand the PITA initiation.

    Back to listing.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Dec 12, 2010, at 10:17 AM
  • Oh yes, in the true spirit of meandering I will mention the Firefox browser I am now using. On my Windows XP machine I had a problem with Internet Explorer locking up. It seems it was loading a new version every time I changed websites and eventually too many versions were running, thus paralysis.

    I would Ctrl-Alt-Del and shut them down and this would be OK for a while. I eventually changed over to Mozilla Firefox (free) and have not had that issue again. Well, my new Windows 7 started doing the same thing yesterday and by this morning I had had enough. It has now been retired and Firefox my default browser.

    Anyone out there know why this was happening with IE?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Dec 12, 2010, at 10:23 AM
  • I just looked at our auction listings and think we might have an exciting entry. We had a bid on it about 30 minutes after listing last night and now have three.

    The trend has lately been for buyers to "watch" something for days, maybe even 6 out of 7 before they actually bid. When they bid this early it could be the start of something good.

    I almost did not list it at all because it was not as nice as we like our items to be, but there were no other listings on eBay, nor other sites I check, so I figured I might as well give it a shot. There may be a collector out there who was not as concerned about pristine condition. Guess there are at least two.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Dec 12, 2010, at 10:39 AM
  • I can vouch for the stevia. I had 2 plants a couple years ago. I'm sorry to say I abused them, as while the kids would play outside, I'd walk up to the plant... say some kind words, then just pluck on of those sweet leaves and eat it right there. If you want to, I'll go in half with you on some seeds this year, so I can kill a couple more plants that way, ha ha!

    -- Posted by craftin_mom on Sun, Dec 12, 2010, at 12:29 PM
  • Did you grow them from seed or plants?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Dec 12, 2010, at 2:24 PM
  • OK, we have had our Winter. Now let's move on to Spring. If only it was that easy. I pray everyone is staying warm through this.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 13, 2010, at 7:57 AM
  • Sorry I didn't get back to you on this. I bought 2 plants a couple years ago. I've heard that the stevia plant is a bit difficult to grow from seed, and that cutterlings is easier. I never tried the cutterlings, I just kept eating the leaves, lol!

    -- Posted by craftin_mom on Tue, Dec 14, 2010, at 5:37 PM
  • Thanks, I will do more research on growing from seed. Need to know what I am up against.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Dec 14, 2010, at 8:34 PM
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