Today’s post comes from Crystalbay
I’ve never had a green thumb. The only plants I’ve ever been able to keep alive are hostas and pathos. In fact, I have one pathos which is 20 years old. Every summer, I planted a couple hundreds dollars worth of flowers and new shrubs to replace the ones from the year before that died.
Last fall, I had an idea. I’d bring a flower box annual coleus inside for the winter just to see what might happen. Well, a lot happened! This supposedly summer-only plant was eight inches high a year ago. Over the winter, it grew so tall that I had to wire it to a floor lamp to keep it upright.
Early this summer, I wondered if this very large plant would like to spend the warm season back outside, so I transplanted it from the living room into a landscape bed outside. The damn thing grew even taller and thicker.
I’ve now brought it indoors again. My grandson, a hulking body builder, could barely lift it. It’d gone from 8” to 2’ to 3’ in just one year. I’m thinking about going into the plant-selling business. Or, maybe just growing several over the winter to give as Xmas gifts.
At this rate, I may have a tree by next summer. I barely have room for it now, but there’s some kind of silly pride in having accomplished growing a small plant into almost a tree!
What surprising luck have you had with plant life?