This is a completely off the wall blog post from yours truly, but I’m sure you’ll find it a bit amusing. Okay, so the picture above is a before and after shot of what appears to be a rose plant. The pic on on the left is what it looked like when I first got it back in February. The pic on the right is what it looked like about a month after. I know you’re probably thinkin’ “what the heck that she do to it?” You know… I’m still trying to figure it out myself. 😛
The story behind this rose:
Hubby knows I don’t like fresh cut flowers because they eventually die. So for Valentine’s Day, he thought it would be cute to send me a plant with a stuffed animal and a box of chocolates. Pretty sweet, huh? Well, his plans didn’t work out quite like he had planned. He ordered this gift online and had it delivered to my job. Didn’t mention a word to me at all. Even when I saw him for lunch that day, he kept quiet about it. When I got out of work at 3:30pm, I called him as I was walking to my car to let him know that I was on my way home. It was then that he asked if I had received his gift. Told him I didn’t and then it became this big ole thing. Went back into my work building and had one of the managers help me look for my gift. Here I was looking for a bouquet of flowers of some sort. Didn’t find a thing. He was furious. I went home empty handed. It wasn’t till I got home that he told me it may have been sent in a box. Nice. Hadn’t been looking for a box. Anyway, long story short, went back to work in the morning and one of the other managers had my box sittin’ in her office. And yay! No one “stole” it after all.
Okay, so the chocolates were gone in like a day. No joke. Was totally excited to have a plant. Yes I’m a dork, I know. Anyway, brought it home. And seriously did not know what to do with it. I have never, in my life, owned a plant. Ever. Never even took care of a plant before. And you wanna know what’s so ironic about the whole thing? I grew up on a farm. An agricultural farm. My parents were small business owners and farmed veggies. Growing up, I helped with the harvesting process. But never the planting and all the other stuff. Apparently I did not inherit the green thumb gene and I almost killed my poor rose.
So the after pic above is what happens when you keep the plant in that small itty bitty container it arrived in… it’s what happens when you forget to water it… it’s what happens when you basically don’t know CRAP about plants. Yeah, Ms No-Green-Thumb over here even kept the poor plant indoors because I was afraid it would die outside…because it was a tiny thing. I’m sure you’re probably laughing and shaking your head at me, but it is a true story. Sad but true.
Google saved it. When all the leaves started falling off, and after all the drama of finding my “lost” gift, I was not about to let this thing die. So I learned that this thing needed to be watered daily. AND it needed LOTS of sunlight. So I re-planted it (finally!!!) in a bigger pot and put it out in my front yard.
And tada!!! This is what it looks like today:
Yes I know it’s ready to be planted somewhere in the yard… just need to find the perfect spot for it. So, 2 months later and it’s still alive. I didn’t kill it. Thank goodness.