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PhaidraPhaidra Posts: 501

Last August or September(!), I bought 3 heathers in bloom and planted them fairly close to each other, for impact(!).

Over 3 weeks ago, I noticed that one of them was totally dead but the other 2 in perfect health.  I pulled it out in order to throw in to the garden bin, but a very sudden and heavy shower made me abandon my gardening, so I just dropped it by the edge of the bed. 

Naturally, I forgot all about the heather (I'm the fine weather gardener).  Today, tidying up that corner of the garden, under some lush leaves, I found my dead heather, sitting in a pot of rain water up to its neck and smiling at me with many revived little branches.

I do believe in miracles!

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  • BiljeBilje Posts: 670

    Similar things have happened to me many a plant chucked into the compost bin has had a new lease of life And I've felt mayoralty obliged to find a home for it. Who rules?   Garden or Gardener haha

  • PhaidraPhaidra Posts: 501

    I have no doubt, Bilje, Nature always rules and I'm grateful for her munificence but I do dread her violence.

  • Artemis3Artemis3 Posts: 644

    Talking about miracles!  This plant, by last autumn, looked on its last legs, so I left it out all winter, meaning to dispose of it...one day.  By spring this year, it looked like grey shoe-leather; even the slugs and snails had refused to eat it.  The recent warmer weather and rains, though, have performed a miracle.  Even the broken off piece, attached to nothing, is blooming!  I simply can't believe my eyes.

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  • BiljeBilje Posts: 670

    That's a Christmas cactus, it's lost its way in time and space haha. Go on give it a second chance at life, you'll find a care plan on Google. ?

  • Artemis3Artemis3 Posts: 644

    Hi Bilje, I don't think it's a Christmas cactus.  I have one of those, which I think is a suculent really.  It  flowers both at Christmas and Easter too but doesn't look like my plant of immortality.  I vaguely remember its name was something Lily.  My Christmas plant looks like these:

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=christmas+cactus&client=firefox-b-ab&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi8sY_0prnUAhWCfFAKHfNYCJcQiR4IiQE&biw=1525&bih=736

    I hope someone recognises it and tells us its proper name.

    I will give it a second chance; with such resilience, it deserves it!

  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003

    This is my miracle plant, placed outdoors 3 years ago as it was dying, most of the leaves were brown.  I give it what I now realise is called the chelsea chop every Spring, by July is will be huge and full of plantlets. some are growing already.  I never realised how resilient these Spider plants are.

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  • Artemis3Artemis3 Posts: 644

    That's certainly beautiful, Mary.  I have one of those too and it manages to survive even me!

  • PhaidraPhaidra Posts: 501

    It's an orchid cactus, Artemis, not a lily.  I've got one too, which is not flowering yet.  I think I'll give it your treatment!

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=103

  • Artemis3Artemis3 Posts: 644

    Well, at least I knew it was something exotic! image

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037

    I think you need to cut back all those what looks like old flowering branches in the heather. 

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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