Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 – 45 degrees, Pruning & Propagating, Smith Family Cemetery, Weather Changed
What a difference a day makes in the weather in Central Illinois. Sunday, when we left for church it was Zero degrees outside. Monday when we left for work it was 16 degrees outside. Today when we went to work it was all the way up to 45 degrees. Wow, what a change in the weather.
Even though it was quite warm outside, most of our day was spent in the greenhouses. We did a lot of pruning again. This time it was the Geraniums, Sage and Rose Mary plants that were pruned back to stimulate lateral growth and make the plants shorter and bushier. 
We also propagated Honeydew Sage and Coleus plants. Propagating new plants from cuttings will be an ongoing project for us the rest of the winter. We will need thousands and thousands of plants ready to go by next spring.
Right before lunch Richard took us to see the “Smith Family Cemetery.” Our mission helps the Community of Christ Church by preparing, planting, and maintaining flowerbeds and grounds of the cemetery.  One of these days when it isn’t raining Sis. Johnson and I will spend a few hours there cleaning and maintaining the grounds.
After lunch we were back in Greenhouse #1 to continue the project of propagating Coleus plants. We also cleaned and swept the greenhouse out. This was the greenhouse we didn’t have time to finish cleaning yesterday. The floors are all clean now.
Today was a good day of work for us in spite of the inclement weather that kicked up in the afternoon. The outside temperature dropped ten degrees suddenly and a 30 mph wind whistled through the trees as a front moved through sprinkling rain as it went. Mark Twain said: “If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” Well, that is certainly true of the weather in Central Illinois too.

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