May 2021 | Books & Links

31.05.2021

Abandoned

Skylark – Dezső Kosztolányi

When the library reopened last month I could only borrow books that were available at my main branch, as the reservations system wasn’t up and running. My branch is quite limited in its offerings, as they mostly just stock popular fiction and popular biographies. There’s nothing wrong with those, but they’re not my cup of tea. My branch does have a few shelves of classics but they’re hit and miss. The selection I pulled out and took a chance on were mostly misses.

I gave up on Skylark a few chapters in, because I didn’t care for any of the characters or really have any interest in where the story was heading. That’s the beauty of library books; you can freely abandon those you do not like!

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Plant Diary | May 2021

20.05.2021

Hoya Linearis

It’s time for another plant journal update, and this month I wanted to capture some photos of my little cuttings as I know that they will grow lots and look very different in just a few short months.

Hoya is probably my favourite genus of houseplant, and I have fallen deep down the rabbit hole with them. I have bought tiny cuttings from eBay and Etsy sellers because they are affordable that way at just a few pounds each – I refuse to pay silly money for a plant, no matter how beautiful it is. I have the time and the patience to put in to growing these plants from cuttings, and I really enjoy watching them root then push out new leaves. I don’t think I’d get the same sense of satisfaction if I took care of a more mature (and more expensive) plant!

My hoya collection fits on one small table and the windowsill and when they grow a bit bigger I will trellis them to keep their footprint small, so although there are quite a few of them, they take up less space than a single palm or aroid! Hoya cuttings are always in demand so if they end up too big for my space, I can always prune them and sell cuttings for an affordable price to give back to the community I bought my cuttings from. I don’t plan to make a profit from them, but just to put cuttings back into circulation so that other people can enjoy collecting them as much as I do.

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April 2021 | Books & Links

After a six month break I have decided to bring back my monthly books & links posts. I borrow most of the books I read because I find that if I buy books, I feel guilty if I don’t enjoy them and end up stalling over a book rather than casting it aside and trying something new. I sometimes buy secondhand books because I feel less guilty about abandoning them if I spend less on them, and I also buy books by authors I know and love when they release a new title.

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Plant Diary | April 2021

20.04.2021

This little succulent has been threatening death all winter long. It kept dropping leaves – they’d pucker and turn yellow then fall off – whether I left it completely dry or gave it a tiny bit of water. Towards the end of January it started etiolating (stretching out in search of light) and whilst I could empathise, I was also ready to give up on it altogether. Fast forward to the start of April, and I put it out on the balcony under my cold frame, thinking that the cold might kill it, but the extra light might save it. It hasn’t dropped any leaves recently and it has turned a lovely pink with the cold stress of being outside.

For now, it lives.

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