Saturday, January 21, 2006

If You Have Any Advice, I'd Appreciate It

I've entered into a serious (and scary) commitment: I have purchased a live house plant. A little potted ivy, specifically. This ivy plant is all my own, to care for, and remember to water, and pick dead leaves off of, and frankly, well, what if I'm a failure? I don't want to kill the poor thing.

What's strange is, I've grown up around houseplants all my life. I've watered them for my mother. I know how not to kill a plant. But now, no one else is standing over me, telling me what to do. Oh, and there was that disastrous incident last year involving a couple dead houseplants, too, which is adding to my hesitance.

In any case, I'll keep you updated on the ivy situation. Cross your fingers.


Blogger Baltazar said...

In one of the Tracy Hepburn movies Hepburn has a office plant that is crawling all over the place.Her theory is give it love.

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Jacob said...


Houseplants are the coolest things ever. I brought home my hanging houseplant last August, and it still alive. It is actually more than a live, it actually grew.

I think the most important thing you can do for your houseplant, is to give it a name. That, and watering regularly helps too.

8:49 PM  
Blogger Megann said...

I just got an African violet...YAY!!

6:51 PM  
Blogger JENNIFER said...

I think a name for the ivy to be a good idea. Thank goodness you looked up online what we need to do . . . a spray bottle it will be. We must not procrastinate taking care of the little angel that now graces our living room.

Let us brainstorm a name. For some reason, I consider this plant to be a male. If I am wrong, please correct me.

I like Jefferson. Or, we could do my favorite thing and name the plant after a celebrity favorite like Paul, Laurence, maybe Kenneth. Or, maybe a name from Shakespeare like Proteus, Petruchio, Lysander, Benedick, or Rosencrantz. Or, you could choose one of your favorite authors or poets.

What do you think?

12:27 AM  
Blogger juxtaposer said...

He's male. Let's go with a Shakespearean name. I mean, it's ivy, it's very Old World.

1:34 AM  
Blogger JENNIFER said...

Do you have a particular play you prefer?

Let's see . . . others I recognize and like: Oberon, Banquo, Demetrius, Malvolio, Tybalt, Alonso. Anything striking a chord?

2:00 AM  
Blogger JENNIFER said...

Octavius it is.

2:05 AM  
Anonymous Mom said...

Make sure it actually gets sunlight!!! That and water are critical. I rather preferred the name "Malvolo" being a rather creepy crawly name.

5:25 PM  
Blogger juxtaposer said...

We are NOT calling the plant Malvolio. Even though Twelfth Night is one of my favorite plays. He isn't creepy-crawly, and he resents being referred to as such.

Also, I would like to point out that, yes indeed, my roommate and I had a conversation on my blog WHILE IN THE SAME ROOM. I love the internet.

7:04 PM  

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