Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Garden Story

There is not much that grows profusely in my garden.

Once in awhile, I plant something that thrives. A couple of geraniums have spread way beyond their expectations, a beautiful plant that has red leaves has grown and thrived in spite of me and just recently, some little miniature bottle brush seem to be fighting for their lives, spurting out red blossoms each year. The palm trees grow tall, the grass grows tall and the weeds grow tall. Not much else.

One plant, though, has stuck with me, through thick and thin, through drought and rain. I haven't killed it yet and I don't think I can.

It's a plain old spider plant! My mother-in-law gave it to me in 1974. It's gone from house to house to house, had green leaves and brown leaves, been neglected and felt dejected and still lives on.

It has a whole family of spiders that have fled the coop and set up housekeeping elsewhere!
It has so many spiders, that I started putting little pots down by the base, and the spiders started growing in the new pots. So easy to propogate!

Last year, I finally re-potted the plant.
36 years in the same house is a long time!
It's offspring needed more room to stretch out!

And it needed a high-rise, so, I stuck it on top of an old strawberry planter.
Of course, that pot was empty. Nothing ever grew for me there either.

My one and only garden achievement! Yipee!!

Anyone need a cutting?


Candace said...

Love your spider plant, Mary -- how many offspring in all these years, too! That was one of the first houseplants I tried as in my first apt in the late 60's! They are definitely hardy. I have never seen them grown outside, though - now I call that a green thumb!

Joyful Quilter said...

I don't have much of green thumb either...but the one plant I can't grow for the life of me is a spider plant, I can't tell you how many I've tried and killed...I'm jealous.

Anonymous said...

That plant is way older than me!

Wendy said...

I look at this beautiful plant and realize I can't remember what happened to the one that I did have ... :) You are doing wonderful in your non-growing atmosphere ;)

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