Thursday, May 6, 2010


for my birthday, i was given a rose bush in a pot. it had two purple flowers on it, and a number of buds, just waiting to burst into full and glorious color. i was SO excited, and extremely determined that it would not meet the same fate as my poor strawberry plants (they got left alone in my apartment over christmas and new years and shrivelled up and died)
it was still a little chilly outside when i brought them home, so i put my roses in the sunniest part of my apartment: on my dining room table. i watered them every morning. i was so proud of myself for remembering them every morning.
until they started turning brown.
i thought they were thirsty - so i watered them some more, hoping they would stop looking so parched.
they got worse.
so i decided they were just over crowded in their pot. so i went to walmart, got a bigger pot and some potting soil, and set out to relocate the poor parched overcrowded roses into a larger home.
when i pulled the pot out of its decorative container, i noticed a large amount of water laying in the bottom. then when i dumped them out of the pot they were in, i realized that the soil was ridiculously oversaturated.
apparently when plants are drowning they look just the same as when they are parched.
good thing i got the Miracle Gro Moisture Control soil.
After a successful transplant, i trimmed off most of the dead brown leaves and stems (which was most of the plant) to make way for the small part that was still alive, and just to make it look better.
there is one flower in the new big pot that now lives on my porch. it is pink. it is tall and skinny, and has a tendency to fall over, so it is staked up with a Disney Princess pencil and some black and white checkerboard ribbon. it looks especially stunning in the fading evening light.
i am so proud.

1 comment:

Miss Brenda said...

Stunning is exactly the word that came to mind. Absolutely stunning.