The Arrivals

I wasn’t sure if they would arrive in time.

But yesterday they appeared on my doorstep.

Four little nurslings.

This is my last chance to get this to work.

Let me explain.

Two years ago, I learned of the existence of a very special plant, a “skeleton flower” with delicate white petals.  In springtime, when the petals are touched with rainwater, the petals become translucent.  If I can get photos of these plants in their translucency… competition season here I come.

In 2016, I ordered some of these plants.  I put them in a pot.  I watered them.  I provided them with sunlight.  And one day, a big fat snowstorm came and dumped a foot of snow on my little plants.

Plants destroyed.  And the nursery had no more of these plants for me.

In 2017, I ordered some of these plants.  I put them in a pot.  I watered them.  I provided them with sunlight.  And one day, a big fat rainstorm blew the plants so hard, their little stems broke and fractured.

Plants destroyed.  And the nursery had no more of these plants for me.

Nertz.  Nertz nertz nertz.

I bookmarked the website and refreshed the link as often as possible.  And I waited until the day… the blessed day …

And here they are, on my doorstep.  Four little Diphylleia grayi plants.

Let’s get these kids into some pots and put them by the windowsills.

In the past, I received plants that had full stalks and a small leaf atop them. This time, however, all I received were the bulbs and roots.  So if anything grows from these plants, I won’t see blooms until 2019 at the earliest.

No matter.  It just means I won’t be able to photograph them for Competition Season 2018, but I’ll definitely have some options for 2019.

So for now, here they are.

Two of the plants are set up at one windowsill in my home.  And after going through several different options for identifiable nicknames for my plants in 2018… for now, I’ve labeled these plants “Hanky Panky” and “Mony Mony.”

Yeah, two rock and roll plants in rock-solid pots.

The other two plants are stationed in another windowsill location…

And in keeping with the Tommy James and the Shondells motif, say hello to “Crystal Blue Persuasion” and “Crimson and Clover.”

Now granted, those two plastic pots aren’t the most durable, but if the plants start to work out, I may transfer them to larger, more durable settings.  But for now, all four of these little nurslings are designated as “house plants” until this extended winter is over.  All four of them will get plenty of water and sunlight and attention.

Because if any one of them gives me my desired results … beautiful crystal-white flowers that turn clear when kissed with rainwater…

It will be worth the journey.