I thought it was a brilliant idea for a Christmas present. A themed gift based on a plant. I had done this once for my mum. Using an online company I bought her two juniper bushes and a bottle of gin. It went down well with my mother. Well the gin did, certainly.
Browsing around our garden centre my husband and I had a Eureka moment. We saw a collection of bonsai trees, plus books, special plant food and scissors/clipper things. This would be ideal for two of Dougie’s colleagues. Coupled with a bottle of sake each, this would look as if we had really given their gifts some thought. Feeling very smug, we bought two bonsai trees, plus accoutrements, and it was only just into December: we were well ahead of the game.
Unfortunately, between the two of us, we kept forgetting to water them. At least, we did make an effort but were rather too sparse with our waterings and within days one of the blooming bonsais went from THIS:
|Bonsai No.1 – shedding leaves but still healthy.|
|Bonsai No. 2 – very poorly indeed.|
Leaves were dropping constantly and the poor plant was looking very distressed and neglected. A quick shufty on the internet made us aware that ‘allowing the earth to dry in between watering’ did not mean let the soil turn to dust. Cue a mad dash to the sink where we decided to drown it instead. It wasn’t happy.
The week before Christmas one of the trees still looked fine and was was deemed passable as a gift. The other one was too far gone so we returned to the garden centre for another one. The new tree was handed over to Dougie’s colleague, along with fancy bottle of sake, and I’m sure he was delighted to know that he would now be responsible for killing it over the coming weeks.
We were determined not to give up on the bonsai which remained with us. I tell a lie. I would have happily given up but Dougie loves a challenge so he has taken to caring for it. He’s snipped it and watered it and today, I see, there are some tiny leaves appearing. He may just have succeeded in rescuing it.
I give you….NEW life!
|Bonsai No2 recovering…but do I see dry earth again?|
It’s ages since I’ve joined in with Tara’s Gallery but as it’s the first one of the new year, I thought I would turn over a new leaf….. (see what I did there?)