It came from a trade for brugmansias. Clerodendrum thomsoniae, or Bleeding Heart Vine. When received, it was just a few cuttings wrapped in moist paper towel shoved into a ziplock bag. I wasn't worried. I stuck it in the cloner on December 6, the day after it arrived. I left it overnight in water to revive the limp leaves.
I'm very excited about this one. And as is usually the case, the trade was offered not because I was looking for it, but because I had something she wanted.
Mom called twice yesterday. She has some good news. My dad found an old wood heater at my cousin's house. He said I could have it. Not knowing the condition, he will check it out this evening and possibly bring it up on Saturday. The little heater in the basement has done a good job, but the fire only lasts a few hours before burning itself out. The "new" heater, if it's usable, should keep a fire all night since it holds a lot more wood. I'll spend the weekend splitting wood.
Tonight, I have plans to sort my new seeds from the swap. I've got a couple dozen new packages. Some are seeds I already have, but in new colors and varieties. It's like Christmas. Speaking of seeds, at the store yesterday, five pallets stacked 8' tall were seen in Receiving. Next year's seeds are here. With Christmas almost gone from the shelves, they'll start putting them out this morning. We also received a new shipment of houseplants. I spent 6 hours spreading them around the greenhouse. It's so lush now. I wish I had the ability to grow houseplants. I tend to forget about them and they die from neglect. Yet I can keep all my plants in the basement alive for 4 months. Go figure.
The forecast today calls for cooler temperatures, possibly reaching 50 degrees. It's currently sunny and 25, up from an overnight low of 21. Tomorrow, sleet, snow, and ice with a high of 33. The plants in the basement have been given a drink of water mixed with rooting solution. Some of them will be moved out to the hoophouse if we get a few warm days next week.