On our kitchen windowsill is a not wholly intended collection of Cacti……….
A couple of years ago my in-laws moved house and gifted their Cacti to us. Well, to be exact, my mother-in-law rang and asked if we wanted the cacti that were sitting on her study windowsill as she didn’t want to take them with her to their new home.
“Oh yes” says Hubby “It would be fun “to have something growing on the windowsill and duly went to collect them.
Now, I am not all that keen on Cacti but as I am not all that good with houseplants, cacti stand a better chance of survival. I thought what harm would it do to have them….as long as I could avoid the prickles?
Then Hubby walked in with three small plastic flower pots with the sickest, most neglected Cacti you have ever seen! How they had survived at all beats me. Mum has raised the standard of Plant neglect to an all-time high. (Its ok, she knows what we think of her Cacti care! And I do get on with her really well!)
We went out and bought Cactus compost and found a nice big bowl to plant them in. We settled down on the Kitchen floor with newspaper and gloves and all the equipment needed for the delicate procedure of potting up Cacti, as well as the necessary implements for surgery – a knife to cut off the dead bits, and tweezers for us to remove the prickle from our fingers. (I wish I had a photo of those poor things when they first arrived). Surgery over, the Cacti took up residence on the Bathroom windowsill and grew…and grew…and grew! All except one that finally gave up the ghost. We potted the Cacti on into other pots and somehow they looked ”lonely” and needed others to balance out the planting.
We realised that Cacti need more sunlight than they were getting in the Bathroom so moved them to the Kitchen windowsill. …..and bought some more…… and potted them on again. And now every evening I have to watch that I don’t knock them off the sill as I gingerly lower the blind, doing my best to avoid the prickles as I guide it down.
And so the collection has grown….. we have more than the three plants we were given, and I suppose as they grow and we pot on, we shall end up with a windowsill full.
They are not my favourite plants but they do look happy and healthy. My husband diligently waters them, which I suppose is all the care they need. However I know of a couple living in our village who’s son started collecting Cacti when he was a lad, he left them in the care of his parents whilst he went to University…..they still have them….. and he is now 40 years old!!!