Saturday, February 9, 2013

Rescue Plants

The beauty of February sunshine dancing across drifts of fresh snow was the view from my bedroom window as I watered my houseplants this afternoon.  The contrast of winter white and lush greenery was remarkable.  The plant I was admiring is a Boston fern, one I rescued from a roadside trash pile in autumn of 2011.  One morning I noticed the parched fern and another neglected little plant huddled next to a trash bin on a nearby street.  I drove past with hesitation; I didn't have time to stop, but I so much wanted to rescue the two plants before trash pickup. 
Later that afternoon, on my way home, I was thrilled to find the trash bin emptied, and the plants still on the roadside.  I lifted them into the car and brought them home.  I gently clipped out the brown leaves and stems, and watered them thoroughly.  I decided to keep them in the house because it was late autumn, with its fickle weather, and I wanted to be sure they got the best chance for survival possible.  I placed them in the front window of my bedroom, where they would receive a good dose of afternoon sun each day.  Slowly, as we progressed through autumn and winter, the plants began to thrive again. 
By the time I took my houseplants outside in May to their summer homes, both plants were healthy.  The fern, in particular, loved its spot on the front porch, sheltered a bit from the elements, with filtered sunlight in the afternoon.  By the end of summer the fern had grown significantly, and was a thing of beauty.   

This past autumn I once again placed the fern in my bedroom window.  I water it regularly, and the afternoon sunshine that filters through the lace curtains has kept the beautiful plant healthy and lush throughout these cold winter months.  What a treasure I found on the roadside that day, waiting for the trash truck to come, and how thankful I am that I was able to rescue it.


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