We went shopping Christmas Eve.
We do this most years as it's not the main Christmas event for me but because it is for most Japanese people it means that everything is already marked down and I can get turkey and ham and strawberries for a steal. Win win. :)
Anyway, there was a present campaign at the supermarket and when we were checking out the cashier asked us to go over to the service desk to pick up our present. Rolling my eyes and thinking ooooooo! Wonder if it will be tissues or toilet paper? (The usual not terribly exciting but pretty useful shopper gift) I went over and, to my surprise, picked up a pot with three bulbs in it.
The bulbs seemed to be sitting on top of the soil rather than planted in it but the label said 'just leave in a dark place and water sparingly' and so I did.
I showed mum on skype and she was very sceptical that a dak place was the best place for them. And mum is the best gardener I know but having frozen poor plants to death before putting them by the window I decided to go with local know-how and put them on a bookshelf and subsequently repeatedly forgot about them so 'water sparingly' became 'water when resembling the Sahara'. I was pretty sure this level of neglect was a dead cert for bulbular death so imagine my surprise when They not only grew leaves but flowers!
Wow. How pretty!
I moved them into the centre of the livingroom table.
And started sneezing.
Hayfever in February? Self-inflicted hayfever in February???
Something had to be done.
If I put the flowers out in the snow that would be a death sentence for sure and I don't want to be a floral murderer so I moved them to the entrance-way.
That's a couple of degrees above outside at best but also the place where people put things on display so I could possibly- with a good floral legal team- get off with negligence.
These flowers are soooo strong though.
Their fragrance refuses to be confined to the entrance way and insists on making me itch and sneeze the length and breadth of the house.
And they just keep on living.
One month later after freezing twice!
Enough already, huh?