Sunday, March 20, 2011

Alva's Out of the Closet

Taking Alva out of the closet, I remembered that a few weeks ago, I did a post about "Alva," (something ugly that became a thing of beauty Aunt Alva).

Since several of you had expressed an interest in Alva, I thought it would be nice to show you the real thing.

See all the dried leaves and how scraggly all the stems look.  Since it hasn't been watered since last fall, the dirt is as hard as a rock.  But, then again, you would be too if you hadn't seen any sunlight or had any water in six months!

So, the next thing I have to do is very carefully and ever so gently, remove all the dead stems without disturbing any of her roots.  I'll give her a nice drink and put her on the table in Moon and Copper's room (aka my porch) so she's in indirect sun for now.  As she grows, I'll try to remember to take a picture or two so I can show you her progress.

17 comments:

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

I will be waiting! I have several that look just like that.

gld said...

She isn't too beautiful now....I will be waiting.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh, Alva! She is looking a little rough! Time for a trip to the salon - I mean porch.

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Yes, she is looking a little haggard. We'll remind you if you forget to post upcoming pictures. Will be interested to see the transformation!

Sandra said...

cant wait to see her come back to live. my grandmothers name was Alva, so i am liking this story. we have a moss rose plant that does the same thing, it dies during the winter and them jumps back to life in the spring. amazing plants and can't wait to see thisone

Karen said...

Well now you've got my curiousity up.

Bee Lady said...

This will be fun to watch. I wonder how many people have thrown plants away thinking they were dead when they were just dormant.

Cindy Bee

texwisgirl said...

The Phoenix has risen! :)

Donna said...

Aren't you amazing...like bringing Lazarus to life!!

Shirley said...

Ok, now Alva looks like my kind of plant. What is she anyway? Or do we have to wait for the transformation : ))

A Rural Journal said...

Poor Alva. She needs some TLC. :)

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

You must definitely have a green thumb:) My mom can do that sort of thing as well and all turns out wonderfully....me, not so much:)

Sonya Heilmann said...

I'll be looking forward to seeing Alva's progress!

twbcountrygirl said...

Alva looks familiar. All my indoor, and some of my out door plants end up looking like her. I can't wait for her transformation!
the wanna be country girl - Caroline

Chatty Crone said...

It'll be interesting - thanks. sandie

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Are you sure a Priest won't be needed?? :-)))

doreen said...

I will anxiously be awaiting Alva's recovery. My husband thinks I am crazy every winter when our plants seem to be dead and then he is so amazed when they spring back to life.
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