2011年1月4日火曜日

not for lack of love and effort

Look at this sad picture:


That poor cyclamen. And the worst part of it? It's not even mine.

This winter we were plant sitting for two different people. Plant sitting three hardy little lovies for a month. They've done really well- new shoots, new flowers, allover good health and glowing. Really, they could be in an advertisement for plant health. The other 5 plants we're only looking after for about 10 days. They are bigger, you'd think they'd be more robust. They've come from an office environment where they had wildly swinging temperatures between morning and night.

We took this job very seriously. They've been given love, attention and sunshine 24/7, (well sunshine about 11 hours a day but still) only watered when their soil is dry, talked to and encouraged, during the 36 or so hours that the house was empty and K was in Fukushima with us they were housed in the bathroom (the room with the bath for North American readers ;P) with the toilet anti-freezer bar heater on timer, the bath anti-freeze water heating mechanism on so the bath was kept warm and therefore some level of humidity in the air and also the only double glazing in the house so maximum protection from the elements. What more could we do?

And still the poor cyclamen is looking sad. I am going to have to return it the day after tomorrow a shadow of its former self. Sorry R and K. Sorry little pink cyclamen. But I swear it's not for lack of love or effort.

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