Yesterday we had a little fling with spring. The temperature rose to the low 70's and it was still 67 when I got home from work – warm enough to enjoy a glass of wine out on the deck whilst watching my neighbours getting home from their day.
I noticed that my hydrangeas have started to shoot and the day lily bulbs are bursting through the dirt; the rose bushes have the start of tiny new growth and some plants are never going to have a comeback.
When we were leaving the apartment block I found a tin pail in the rubbish room with a sad looking orchid in it. I brought it to our new house and re-potted it. It didn't seem to be recovering so I put it out on the deck and basically forgot about it. The poor thing struggled along on its own and when I was bringing my plants inside for the winter I couldn't leave it out by itself even though I doubted it would see this spring.
Well, was I wrong!! I had put it in the second bedroom which has a skylight and after a month I noticed a new "growth" - I thought it was some sort of sucker root - a little like mangrove trees have.
Yesterday I realised that my orchid is going to have flowers!! How exciting! Now I have to make a conscious effort to continue neglecting it!