Plantidote of the Day 2011-07-29
Nothing exotic today. Unless you count the fact that the bush this rose is part of was in a trash can at one point. A nearby house was being renovated, and the builder had all the landscaping ripped out and trashed.
Being semi-obsessed with recycling, I dragged out the partially smashed rose bush and an equally beat up little ficus tree and asked nicely if I could take them. The builder didn't answer at first. He just looked at me the way people look at someone when they're not sure if they should engage with them or call the police. Then he mumbled something that sounded close enough to 'Okay' for me.
That was about seven years ago. The rose recovered nicely from its dumpster day and blooms two or three times a year. And every single time, it amazes me with the most gorgeous yellow flowers -- complete with authentic rose fragrance!! The ficus tree is doing great, too. Why do people throw away so much perfectly good stuff?
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