Monday, March 12, 2012

New Life for an Old Plant

Who would want a plant that's called "Mother-In-Law's Tongue" or "Snake Plant"?

The story of the lost plant that was found.

For days the winds blew, the rains poured and at the end of the street was a lone plant on the edge of the sidewalk, a plant that had blown over in the wind.  It was out on trash day, and it was still out on the next day and the next day and the next.  Loving to save plants from certain death, Marash Girl has been known to salvage a plant from the sidewalk and nurse it back to health, but this plant looked like it had been placed on the tree belt for decoration and had inadvertently been blown over in the wind.  Marash Girl set it upright as she walked by, only to notice it was out with the trash barrels on the next trash day.  Concerned for the survival of an otherwise healthy looking plant, Marash Girl knocked on the door of the house to which the plant seemed to belong.  The lady of the house answered.  The plant?  No, she didn't want it.  Her husband had bought it for her, but she had too many plants as it was, so she had set it out on the sidewalk in the hope that someone would adopt it.  Marash Girl thanked the lady of the house and carried the plant home, still in its plastic pot, without a name or a home.  Placing the plant on her front porch, Marash Girl asked every passer by and soon found that the plant was known as "Mother-In-Law's Tongue" or "Snake Plant".  No wonder nobody wanted the poor thing, with names like that!


Marash Girl decided to ask  Karoun, whose favorite color is green, if she would adopt the plant. And sure enough, on the very day she was packing to move, Karoun worked her magic.  The plant has indeed found a new mother and a new home (and most likely a new name). Above are the photos to prove it.


  1. Marko Pasha says.... I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who salvages plants out of the trash. In the spring of 1993 when I was living on Sacramento St. Cambridge I salvaged a number of plants. Most were pothus, but there was also a palm tree. Some friends from Italy were living with me at the time, and at Christmas we had the Christmas palm tree. A few years later at Christmas Antonia salvaged a piece that had been cut off of a Christmas tree and then we had another Christmas tree. I still have most of the pothus that I salvaged time.

  2. The gas explosion in Springfield, Massachusetts, destroyed both the apartment and the plant!