Jun 11, 2009

Show and Tell: Can Someone Tell Me What THIS Is?!

Musings of A Beautiful Mess
Before ya'll start laughing at me, I know I have a black thumb. I've been known to plant a few bulbs and water them and have them produce flowers, but in general, I fail at plant life.

I do have a plant that my mom gave me a LONG time ago, that I've managed to keep alive. It's actually really easy, because every time it looks like it's about ready to die, I pick off a stem, toss it in a glass vase filled with water and wait for it to root. Then, I simply replant it and VIOLA it's alive again.

I've kept a few rose bushes alive before we moved, but I can't take credit for those because they were already there. All I did was weed, water and feed them. I did actually plant some irises a few weeks ago and THEY ARE SPROUTING! I didn't expect them to come until NEXT year, but my MIL said they'll grow all summer long. Huh? Who knew? Not I, that's for sure!

Anyway, when my dad was here he bought me a rose. Awww he's so sweet! I put it in a vase with the aloe plant I almost killed and the rose died. Not right away or anything, it stayed alive for the correct amount of time. When I took it out, I notice the "branch" that came with the rose was rooting, in the water! So I took the rose and baby's breath out *WEIRD name for a flower* and left the branch in there. The thing is TAKING off! It started sprouting new, pretty green leaves and the roots are going crazy in the water. The only problem is, I have NO idea what the heck this thing is! My MIL said it was a curly maple(?) Uhhh I have no idea what that is. Husband acted like he knew what that was and said "yeah, when the roots get big enough, we'll plant in the ground". When I asked him what he thought it might be, he shrugged his shoulders and said "I dunno, babe". So him knowing what his mom was talking about, took me by surprise, but whatever. He's a jerk and I will make him pay for making look like an idiot. Even though, that's not very hard to do ;o)

So if anybody knows what this thing is, can you please let me in on the secret? Kristin? Sunflowerchilde? Katie? Anyone? Please help!

Slip on over to Mel's site *coughboobiescough* and see what the rest of the class is showing!

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26 friends have commented:

Mama2Two on June 11, 2009 at 10:47 AM said...

I too have a black thumb... and I learnt a long time ago not to even try - the only plants in my house are of the silk or plastic variety.

FattyPants on June 11, 2009 at 11:28 AM said...

It looks like one of those curly willow branches you see at peir one or something. I used to have a black thumb too. I'm not sure how it got green but it can happen!

Lavender Luz on June 11, 2009 at 11:39 AM said...

Ooooh, I love a good mystery.

I inherited my garden, and I'm afraid I'm not much horticulture help.

It's so stick-y! Let us know when you figure it out.

Another Dreamer on June 11, 2009 at 11:52 AM said...

It does look like a curly willow a little... but I'm not sure.

I'm with ya on the black thumb, that is totally me.

BagMomma on June 11, 2009 at 11:53 AM said...

looks scary! lol.

I have one half-dead houseplant in my home, so I have no idea. heh.

GeekByMarriage on June 11, 2009 at 11:54 AM said...

Duh! It's the plant from Lil Shop Of Horrors!

A Mom in Jacksonville, FL on June 11, 2009 at 12:03 PM said...

Oooh. Can't wait to hear what it is, as I have NOOOO clue either!

Good luck! :)

Kristina on June 11, 2009 at 12:27 PM said...

My husband and cousin's husband have a bet going on about how long it will take me to kill the three plants I have on my front porch. I am absolutely NO help. Good luck!!

IF Optimist, then... on June 11, 2009 at 12:27 PM said...

It is a blue placemat. Yay! Do I get my prize now? What? (kicks at dirt) Awww, I never win anything.

Oh...the other thing? Ehhhhhhhh. My vote is also curly willow branch. Great post. Thanks for showing and telling.

Morgan on June 11, 2009 at 12:28 PM said...

I can't help ya there..I have no clue what it is lol!

I had to laugh at your hubby's "I dunno babe" cause I get that all the time from my husband.

Sheliza on June 11, 2009 at 1:08 PM said...

I would certainly go with Kristin when it comes to any plant! She the shizzle!!! and LOL @ your 'black thumb'!!! You are so funny!!

honeywine on June 11, 2009 at 1:17 PM said...

I agree with the others. If it was in with your roses and it's curly, chances are its a curly willow. Willow can come to life anytime its left in water. In fact, an old "growth hormone" method was to leave cut up willow in water and then use the water to start fresh plants from cuttings. I know, probably too much information. :) Willow can become rampant, but I've seen curly willow trees on the BBC and they're so pretty. I'd love to have one!

Miriam on June 11, 2009 at 1:22 PM said...

My guess is curly willow, as others have mentioned. I also agree that baby's breath is a weird name for a flower. Kind of creepy, actually. Thanks for the comment, btw!
~Miriam :)

Kristin on June 11, 2009 at 2:37 PM said...

I hereby dub it the ALI Surprise tree. Kind of fits because we never know when the hell a procedure is going to work and you never know when a plant is going to live (bwahahaha, sorry, I couldn't resist).

becomingwhole on June 11, 2009 at 3:07 PM said...

Uh, I got nothin for you...but I do like ALI surprise tree, it has a nice ring to it!

Lollipop Goldstein on June 11, 2009 at 5:59 PM said...

Like an idiot, I'm about to google "blue placemat" to see another picture of the plant after reading the first part of Kristen's comment...

I too have a black thumb. Though perhaps the plant is like that one from Little Shop of Horrors and will end up eating you once you plant it?

Lollipop Goldstein on June 11, 2009 at 5:59 PM said...

Not that I want you eaten.

But it sure would be exciting if that's what the ALI Surprise did...

JamieD on June 11, 2009 at 6:35 PM said...

I don't know what it is, but I do love surprises!

I'm like you - no green thumb here. So if I can make ~anything~ live, it's a bonus!

WiseGuy on June 11, 2009 at 8:10 PM said...

Hey Girl, a ROCKING NEW TEMPLATE there...


and uh..oh.... I have no idea what that is!

alicia on June 11, 2009 at 9:43 PM said...

no idea! but look at you growing plants yay!!!

love the new template!

Coffeegrl on June 12, 2009 at 5:05 AM said...

I thought it was a blue placemat too! LOL. I kill everything green (how are we farming? you ask. I'M not doing any of the growing!) Also, I love your subliminal comment about Mel's show and tell. Priceless!!

Liv on June 12, 2009 at 6:28 AM said...

Love the new layout!

Apparently, plants and stuff need water. And I uh, usually forget that part. :o)

TSM Oregon on June 12, 2009 at 8:50 AM said...

Because I am SUCH a good friend and so very PROMPT in posting replies to your posts :)

That is definitely a curly willow. Folks come around and ask to harvest the branches from what I hear, so it's worth planting it. As long as you're going to stay of course.

You must stay. CANNOT move. I would stalk you. I'm just sayin...

Queenie. . . on June 14, 2009 at 9:10 AM said...

Maybe when the leaves are bigger, you can repost, and we'll have a better idea of what it is? It's so hard to tell without leaves.

sunflowerchilde on June 15, 2009 at 7:26 AM said...

No idea! I really only know anything about growing vegetables ... sorry!

Organic Meatbag on June 16, 2009 at 6:11 AM said...

Well, that thing appears to be an assassin vine, grown by the servants of royalty back in the 1600s and 1700s...it was planted around the base of a wealthy person's home, and the vine would ensnare would-be thieves and assassins, sometimes strangling them...
nah, I'm kidding, I have no idea...hey, nice blog, though!

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