An unpublished post from December:

IMG_2760Just inside the entrance of my local, underground, supermarket, there are potted plants for sale in various degrees of distress. Wilting from lack of water and light, and this time of year sometimes sprayed with glitter or gold paint for that festive look…

Every once in a while I get the urge to save one of them and give it a good home (though admittedly that doesn’t always work).

My latest protégé is this ivory christmas rose (Helleborus niger). I hastily repotted it in what I had at home: a mix of cactus soil, leaf mulch and a few nettle pellets… It’s already had several temperature shocks, so we’ll see how it goes. If it makes it through winter, I think I have a good summer spot for it on my shady kitchen window ledge.