Monday, October 14, 2013

What Was in the Box?

When I opened the box, I gasped with a sinking heartache! 

 There was Alva, WHO HAS NOT BEEN OUT OF THE CLOSET OR GIVEN A DRINK IN A YEAR AND A HALF YEAR!!!

Mortified, I carried the two pots up stairs , placing them on the barn red planter the Pres made. My heart was sad. I felt ashamed...ashamed that I'd forgotten her. I would feel just terrible if I killed her.

Alva, for those of you who are not familiar with her, is a houseplant named after my friend's Aunt Alva, a homely woman who blossomed into a beautiful person.  Hence, when she passed, her sister nicknamed this houseplant after her because of the remarkable transformation it makes when it comes out of the closet once a year for some water and light.

Giving the pots a drink of lukewarm water, I set them near each other. Within five days, this is what we had. She, too, is a survivor! I know that it's October and that she was supposed to come out of the closet, in early Spring of 2013 but now that she is out, watered and growing (profusely, I might add), I am going to let her flower at least once. Then I'll cut her back and put her back in the dark closet. Only this time, I will NOT forget to take her out.


10 comments:

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I always enjoy your "resurrecting Alva" post each year JP. :)

Sandra said...

i can't believe alva lived that long.. glad she is beautiful once again. my grandmother was named Alva. your plant must be kin to our resurrection ferns here, the die but come back with rain.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Welcome back Alva!

TexWisGirl said...

oh my gosh! yes, i remember alva!!! bless her for her resilience!

Ann said...

oh wow and she's still living. She's a fighter :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'd forgotten about Alva too--I'm glad she's okay!! :-)!

Haddock said...

Good to see people who take care of their plants :-)

MorningAJ said...

She's lovely. I look forward to seeing the flowers.

Nina said...

Welcome back, Alva! I'm interested in seeing her grow some flowers :)

Rain said...

What kind of a plant is Alva?
She's a tough ole bird!!

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