Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Every day I used to greet this small flower pot lovingly, "Good morning dear plant."

I wrote about it last February. It was never very robust. The next month it started turning brown.

Golly, I didn't want to say goodbye to it, but it had been turning brown for a few months and my husband, John Cullum, bought me a new plant in June, as my old plant left the world.

My new plant, (I call it "Plantee"), sits on top of my printer, on the automatic feeder cover, next to my router. As of day one, I have been talking to it, nurturing it, and gardening it.

Removing the cloth that covers my keyboard, I press the computer's ON button, and while it's loading, I grab the water bottle and spray -- one at a time -- each leaf and the sprouts on the stems.

Plantee started out with 4 leaves. Now there are 5 large leaves, 7 newer, smaller ones, plus 4 newly open leaves. And at the moment, 2 sprouts.

Yes, the green -- the aliveness of Plantee -- is each day more amazing. Plantee is the only real life thing in my office; as I spray her, I thank her, and tell her how beautiful she is.

If you are working in a 9 ft x 10 ft office, spending most of your day inside, away from people and other living things -- hey -- get a small plant to love and cherish, and talk to.


Carola said...

I seem to be allergic to the mold that sometimes develops in plant soil, so I have stopped having house plants. Fortunately there are beautiful gardens and trees right out my window, so it's not a huge loss.

Cara said...

I love your attitude, Em. I've always talked to my plants! They're living things and I believe they respond to all the energy in their environment in some way. Plus, we're all familiar with the controlled studies that have shown that the plants people talk to actually do grow better. What's more, studies have also shown that an attitude of gratitude actually makes us happier people. And when we speak our gratitude aloud it reminds us of that attitude. So if someone doesn't talk to their plants, my question is, why not?

Orianne W said...

Plantee is wonderful, thank you for the post Emily :)



Annie Rice said...


Annie Rice said...

] have always heard that. My first plant was a cactus -plant. I killed it by watering it 3 times a week. Lesson learned for me . lol:)

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