folks, i want to proudly brag for a quick moment: phillip and i have kept our plant alive for over a month! yes, early in july we were at the home depot picking up some supplies, and i was inspired by our neighbors chris and suzy to adopt and bring home a special little something from mother nature herself. after finding the shepherd hook and zip ties, we strolled up and down the plant aisles, looking for just the right one to call our own. some of the selection was pretty with flowers and bright colors, but phillip picked out a great option for us: a caladium. needing only four to six hours of direct sunlight a day, the caladium was perfect considering we’ve got lots of leafy tree branches in our building’s courtyard. we put it in the cart and then kindly asked a nearby employee for the proper fertilizer for a plant such as ours. after deciding on the all purpose miracle-gro shake’n feed, we loaded up the buggie, checked out, and headed home.
with some help from kyle and milo, phillip secured the heck out of that hook to our landing railing. i mean, this thing isn’t going anywhere in any storm! then, they zip-tied the planter to the hook and voila! the regular afternoon summer showers help keep it hydrated, and i’ll say i’ve been pretty good about watering it every couple of days. and, per tori’s instruction, i’ve also been sure to prune any dead leaves to make room for fresh ones. although i’ve never had much of a green thumb, i think my mother would be proud!