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by Jillie on January 31, 2004 04:23 PM
Gardeners get really focused, to the exclusion of all logical brain function, sometimes......

Hollywood and I were on a gardening shopping day last summer when we spotted a grouping of some REALLY interesting succulent babies (Interesting, because we always look for odd coloration, form, etc. We both love the purples, the blues, the pinks & the opalescents). This was a group of imports that were all BRONZE! Well, we snapped up those babies...(at TOP dollar).. what an unusual addition to our growing collection!
We follow this ritual when we bring in new plants ...We go out every day and check to see how the new guys are acclimating to their new home, talk to them, give 'em a little encouragement, you know....for a coupla weeks & then they're ready for re-potting, top dressing..little pat on the head, etc.
(Now, we joke that we live in some kind of a mini-vortex, here; every new plant that comes to our garden loses all control...they almost immediately begin forming a flower or start sprouting babies...it's amazing to watch)
Welp, these new bronze plants (4 or 5 of them) did NOTHING.....Nothing! They sat in their little nursery pots looking like paintings..no action whatsoever. Wot a mystery! Were these a special breed from another continent? Another planet? They were so unusual and beautiful, and hey, we don't know everything... [dunno] Then one day....

A voice from the garden....."Jillie........?"
It was Hollywood, outside, bent in half, looking at the new bronze plants REALLY closely.

"Jillie, I hate to be the one to say it...."

Me..."What?"

Her.. "This unusual coloration?"

Me....."Yeah, I love it."

Her...."Well, we now have the distinction of having purchased, at a premium price.....

((drum roll))

"...Plants that were already...

dead." [Frown] [Frown] [Frown]

[Embarrassed]

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by Phil and Laura on January 31, 2004 04:36 PM
Hmmmmm, Jillie, what kinda "tea" ya drinkin??? [muggs]
by Jillie on January 31, 2004 04:41 PM
Hey, P & L..... [wayey]
Succulent gardening is a "nat-chur-al" high...

(WARNING!.....is known to cause delusion) [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

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by Jiffymouse on January 31, 2004 05:22 PM
[Big Grin] [Big Grin] did ya save the receipt?
by Jillie on January 31, 2004 05:30 PM
Awwe, Jiffy, I'd love to say we went marching back, receipt in hand, indignantly demanding money back...

I think embarassment took over....We quietly put 'em in the dumper..... [Frown]

We consider it garden-school tuition [Big Grin]

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by catlover on January 31, 2004 05:36 PM
You have a way of telling these stories....I had my head up soooo close to the monitor waiting to see what you had....you know this cactophile.. [lala]

[Big Grin] [Big Grin] And at top dollar!!!! [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

I'm laughing with you Jillie/Hollywood...not at you!!! ROFL

I was waiting for a post stating what happened when you took it back!!!! [Embarrassed] [Big Grin]

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by plants 'n pots on January 31, 2004 05:45 PM
awwwwwwww Jillie...

I thought you were going to say that they were...
dare I say it???????

[Frown] [Embarrassed] plastic!!! [Embarrassed] [Frown]

What's great is that you can post about it here and give us a chuckle for the day - THANKS! [Big Grin]

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by weezie13 on January 31, 2004 09:51 PM
I think she should have been a writer!!!
Suspense stories,
And then,................

Something,..............

came up from behind Hollywood,

and,

get ready for this.................

it,..................

[Roll Eyes] [scaredy]

[shocked]

[lala]

[grin]

Hey, I didn't say I knew how to write stories!! [Big Grin]

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by Jillie on February 01, 2004 02:05 AM
Catlover, thanks. [thumb] I put down things just like they really happen, pregnant pauses and all. [Smile]

Lynne, it would have been less embarassing had they been plastic. I mean, if we hadn't been in the "zone" of the big succulent quest, we'd have noticed that what we called hoity-toity "bronze" was BROWN... as in DEAD.

DUH! [nutz]

Weez, you ARE a writer. [thumb] I only do stuff for effect and impact. You write REAL substance. I'm the goof [grin]

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by Barb H. on February 01, 2004 03:36 AM
Jillie,

LOL!!! Sounds like a LOT of 'unusual' and 'exotic' dead plants I've got too! [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

P.S. There's always next shopping trip to really get 'into the zone!'

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by Jillie on February 01, 2004 03:17 PM
Morning, Barb, [wayey]

Yep, be sure to always label the dearly departed "Bronze;" it's MUCH more pretentious than than the alternative. [nutz]

Can't wait for the next "zone" event. No telling what will come home with us, now. [lala]

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by rue anemone on February 01, 2004 03:28 PM
LOL!! That is to funny!!!

That reminds me of when I was in grade school and bought a cactus that was flowering. I was so excited!

I showed my cactus flower to my aunt. She said "Oh that isn`t real. They stick those straw flowers in there to help it sell".

I showed here how the flower closed up when it got wet and opened up as it dried. She could not convince me.

After the cactus had bloomed for over a year, I thought that maybe she was right. I gave the flower a little tug and it slipped right out of a teeny tiny hole in the side of the cactus.

I was so disapointed to learn the truth.

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by Jillie on February 01, 2004 03:37 PM
Awe, Rue, that's so sweet.

See, even kids (who're smarter than grownups, most of the time) can be fooled sometimes. [Big Grin]

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by sraye on February 01, 2004 04:41 PM
OMG!! That is SO funny... Sounds exactly like something I would do... thank you for the great story. Made me laugh and got my cold and rainy Sunday morning going....

Shanna
[muggs]
by Barb H. on February 02, 2004 04:06 PM
Jillie,

Green. Stick with green! [teacher]

Green is good! [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

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by Jillie on February 02, 2004 04:38 PM
Mantra:
Think green...think green...think green....think green.....Ohmmmmmmmmm.... [thumb]

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