I was kinda late this year in setting up the planters - well, with Global Warming and all, this is really the first week this year that the temperatures have stayed above the 40s for more than 24 hours in Wisconsin. So, I went to Stein's Garden Center and took advantage of the closeouts on bedding plants - got lots of petunias, marigolds, impatiens, dianthus, and snapdragons.
On my way to the checkout, I was caught off-guard. A rack of tiny Boston Ferns caught my attention with their beautiful green fronds. I had forgotten how affectionate the little critters could be. One of them practically begged me to take him home. I usually don't do impulse buying, so I was a little sheepish when I got it home, in its little plastic pot with fronds protruding from its protective sleeve. But my wife said "What a cute little t'ing!" So I knew I was on the right track. I could put him up in a planter over in the shopping court, where he'd get lots of light and fresh air. I put him at the top of the steps, to re-plant the following day.
Next morning, however, there were NO fronds protruding from the plastic sleeve - my little fern had been mowed down even with the pot. I asked Syd if he had seen anybody enjoying the fresh green salad-y flavor of my new fern. But Syd was busy inspecting the summer quilt-storage arrangements, and couldn't answer any security-related questions at that time.
But ferns are fast to heal, and very understanding about the "pruning". Mine was no exception. Within a week, all the missing fronds had filled in, and Fern is living happily ever after!
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