Unexpected planter project !!

Spray painted plantersSimultaneous to spray painting glass vases (see postscript on Try, try again), I refreshed two shabby planters.  ~~ At our noon meal, it was announced our resident, Helen, will be “home” tomorrow. She broke her hip a couple of months ago and has been in the hospital, and convalescent home. I’ve been tending her plants and always planned to transplant the Coleus prior to return. This afternoon, I had to scramble to complete the project.


Getting ready to transplant

Recycled soil

Two of three

Ready to hand truck to Helen's

Coleus on Helen's porch


The Coleus needed a major trimming!! If they were mine, two-thirds of that growth would be cut off!! With Helen’s permission, I’ll “butch” them later. Perhaps the clippings will root, and I’ll prepare planters (for give away or for sale at Thrift ‘n Gift).

Saving my backPostscript, Saturday, November 5, 2016, 10:00 AM: Plant project completed.

Three mosquito plants were trimmed and staked. They should be in larger planters but I’ll check with Helen first. Likewise, two Lily plants (with a name I can’t remember) need attention. 


Three mosquito plants and two lily plants

Plants on Helen's porch


Postscript, Monday, November 7, 2016: Damned if I do, damned if I don’t!!

I’ve lost count of the number of people who have asked me “Did you take Helen’s plants?” I answer in the affirmative and hear “Where are they?” My answer: “On her deck.” Then: “Where is the Amaryllis?” Helen’s concerned (“obsessing” according to our Facility Director) over a plant and planter I never saw. smiley-face-sadHonestly, if the plant had been there, I would have nurtured it also!! I’m not looking for “thanks” but no comment, or reference, to the eight plants I took care of for two months. “Making a mountain out of a mole hill”?! I’m very sad!!

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