Some days in the office, as the clock ticks towards 5 pm, and the air is quiet and still with everyone out on vacation, I raise my head and look about me to gaze upon the kingdom. I keep 2 live plants in my cube, and some silk plants as well. My coworker Bill probably does a better job than I of keeping the live ones in that state. He’d pointed out to me the other morning that one of them needed pruning. As I gazed about I saw the plants and realized that they needed more than pruning. They need support and they really need more soil in their pots. There wasn’t much I could do about adding dirt at that point but I thought I could at least make them stand upright.
My office appears to be empty of anything useful in staking a big plant. No rulers, no sticks, no rubber bands, no string – pretty much nothing that can be utilized as garden implements. Where there is a will, there is a way. I can be very determined.
I was ransacking the drawers and shelves trying to find something string-like to tie the plant together. Nothing until… AHA!!!! Look at THAT!! A PHONE CORD! It was huddled in a corner of my desk, doing nothing, feeling neglected and useless. It was meant to work with a headset but the headset was missing a vital part, so nothing ever came of that project. A phone cord is long, pliable, and strong. But how would I pull the looped cord so that it pulled the plant upright? I have THUMBTACKS!!! Hmmm. The pressure from the plant will probably pull out a thumbtack, and I’m not sure if the tacks will hold the thick cord. Bingo! I have lots of twisty ties from cables in my desk. Make a loop with the twisty tie and tack THAT to the wall. And use LOTS of thumbtacks. Even so, additional reinforcement would be good in case thumbtacks begin popping out of the cubicle wall. Scotch tape. I have tape. One last touch – the binder clip to keep the knot in the cord. *grin*
Now if I can only remember to bring in some potting soil.