Friday, March 28, 2008

Day Late, Buck Short: Faux Shamrocks!

Oxalis deppei Iron Cross

If only plants could talk. Imagine how gorgeous our gardens would be.

Of course, in my case this would be more painful than raising a dozen teenagers. Non-stop complaining and an incessant battle of wills. Because I know ~ I just know ~ they would accuse me of never understanding their needs.

I scooped up this pretty little baby the day after St. Patrick's. Like most of my houseplants, she was half dead on the dollar table of a local store. These folks simply cannot get their heads around the fact that they should water the plants they sell.

Since she was a Shamrock, or so I thought, I watered her a bunch and put her far away from the sunny window.

Who knew?
Turns out she loves sun, prefers dry soil and flowers, too! Bright pink blossoms showed up as soon as I (accidently) placed her in the sunny window.

* If you ask me, the name Iron Cross, like most plant names, is pretty inappropriate for such a dainty little bloomer. It refers to the shape of the leaves. (zone 9)

4 comments:

Wunx~ said...

Or even worse, they'd be pretty, but empty like a floral Paris Hilton, and drain your brain with their mindless chatter.

Anonymous said...

hi kate, saw ur Oxalis deppei with pink flowers really make me want to save my dry and limpy plant in the pot. when we got the plant it look so gd with cute little green and purple leaves. we are having late winter now in Tokyo.. im not sure if the heater in the room kill it or wat have i done wrong.. can u please advise and see if we can save the poor fellow's life. thank you.

ann said...

hi kate, saw ur Oxalis deppei with pink flowers really make me want to save my dry and limpy plant in the pot. when we got the plant it look so gd with cute little green and purple leaves. we are having late winter now in Tokyo.. im not sure if the heater in the room kill it or wat have i done wrong.. can u please advise and see if we can save the poor fellow's life. thank you.

Anonymous said...

hi kate, saw ur Oxalis deppei with pink flowers really make me want to save my dry and limpy plant in the pot. when we got the plant it look so gd with cute little green and purple leaves. we are having late winter now in Tokyo.. im not sure if the heater in the room kill it or wat have i done wrong.. can u please advise and see if we can save the poor fellow's life. thank you.