My brother-in-law and his family sent me an Amazon Gift Card for my birthday in July. I thought about ordering one of the many books on my wish-list, but I've already got a hefty stack of books in my "to read" pile, including two from Timber Press which I am supposed to write a review on. And since I was hankering for a couple more Bromeliads (for the Bromeliad tree project) well, my eyes strayed to the plants...
Yes I know, ordering plants from Amazon is basically selling your gardening — independent nursery loving — soul to the devil. It's one step up from buying plants at Walmart, or wait, is that one step down? Anyway, I shopped, I ordered, and the plants arrived 4 days later.
Opening them up my eyes were immediately drawn to that "FREE Plant w/ Every Order" line. Reading on I realized that was only if you signed up for the monthly subscription box offered by the House Plant Shop, which I am not going to do. The thought makes me shudder, but then again I guess am glad the option exists for those that are interested...hoping it pulls them further and further into the plant-loving world where they end up needing to visit local nurseries (praying they have a couple) and pick out plants with their own eyes and hands. But I digress...
There was also the "free care guide" which was noted as a selling point when I made my order. As I read it a feeling of horror came over me, people are going to severely burn their Bromeliads!!! Then I remembered they're writing this guide from a houseplant perspective. Okay.
On to the peanuts, oh wait, I mean the plants. There are plants in there...
The "Guzmania Bromeliad 'White' - Live House Plant - 1FT Tall - FREE Care Guide - 4" Pot - HARD TO KILL" arrived looking a little, disheveled. Poor thing. I wasn't too worried, a little light and standing upright would hopefully having it feeling good soon.
The second plant, a "Live Bromeliad 'Medusa' in Pot - Live Plant - FREE Care Guide - 4" Pot" (yikes...it's not HARD TO KILL!?) seemed rather unfazed by the shipping thing.
A day later and it's looking rather fabulous.
The Guzmania Bromeliad 'White' also seems to be perking up...
...and has been given pride of place behind the kitchen sink, in my Mr. Owl planter.
Mr Owl was the container for a gift bouquet I received from a group of ladies who toured my garden in late July, wasn't the arrangement lovely? Normally an animal planter (or vase) wouldn't speak to me, but Mr Owl is special.
Obviously since Mr. Owl is now holding a Bromeliad.
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