Sundays with Jared – Crown of Thorns

Every Sunday, my friend’s son Jared comes to help me in the garden.  Only thirteen, Jared  is already six inches taller than me and as anyone vertically challenged would tell you, an elevation of six inches is helpful indeed.

Today I did not call upon Jared’s height, but some things require two pairs of hands.  Potting up a cutting of Euphorbia Milii that Ang gave me is one of them.  It is not called Crown of Thorns for nothing. The entire stem was covered in long, sharp barbs.   I can imagine it saying to a rose: you call those thorns?



Euphorbia Milii (Crown of Thorns)

Jared writes all the labels for cuttings, relieving me of one of my most tedious and often conveniently forgotten tasks.  My writing hand can no longer hold a pen steadily or for long.  Labelling is important now that I am propagating plants for the Huge Plant Sale to raise funds for cancer research.  I cannot rely on my memory as even if I remember the names of the plants, I certainly won’t remember the date on which the cuttings were struck.  Jared takes care of that and would remind me if I forget.

Today we found a dozen fig cuttings that has been languishing in plastic bags for weeks.  They were not growing roots as quickly as expected so I had Jared pot them up individually where they will live till Spring when we will repot them for the sale.


Jared lending a hand.


Jared did the potting and labelling for me.  Watch this space.


The ones that Jared did have labels :)

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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9 Responses to Sundays with Jared – Crown of Thorns

  1. Love that Jared helps you, how lovely is he!

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  2. arlingwoman says:

    Whew, that crown of thorns! I have seen those and they are impressive. I’m glad you have gardening help, Mary. It must be satisfying to get things done that would otherwise take much longer or be impossible.

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  3. “Watch this space” :) I’m sure Jared’s looking forward to seeing the results of his work too. This is such a great partnership.

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  4. zdunno03 says:

    So lucky to have a helper.


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