February 10, 2009

Highly Successful Operation

I had a surprisingly enjoyable trip yesterday morning to one of those places that sells bird feeders and small trees and potting soil and flower pots and big bags of powdered manure. It's not one of my usual haunts, but you remember my little spruce sprouts (scroll way down on that one to see their baby picture) that were getting so big I was going to need to buy them their own pots soon? Well, the day had arrived. They'd ceased to thrive in their cramped little shared starter pot, and it was time for a transfer. So that's what I was doing at the seed-soil-manure store: looking for spruce real estate.

One reason the errand was so enjoyable is that I was there without anyone else: my mom took the three littles for the morning, and the two bigs were at school. I just kind of BROWSED AROUND, without having to tell anyone not to eat the manure. I spent a long time considering various flower pot possibilities, and the only one making alarming ceramic-clinking sounds was ME.

I bought four cute little pots with attached saucers. It was difficult to choose the colors. There were three pink ones, one yellow, one blue, two light green, and three speckled yellow. I tried various combinations. I wanted BOTH yellows, but they clashed, and not in an ugly-chic way but in a way that made both colors look bad. There wasn't four of anything, nor did "one each of four different colors" look good in ANY combination. Finally I got two speckled yellow and two light green and felt well-satisfied. ---Ha ha! I'm totally lying. I'm second- and third- and FOURTH-guessing the decision, fretting about maybe making another trip to the store to reconsider options. I LOVE the two speckled ones: they look just like pear skin. But the light green ones, I'm not sure about, and I'm not sure how well they go with the pear-colored ones. I wish there'd been two blue ones, or four speckled ones.


Operating theater

You can see their old cramped apartment in crayon green on the left, and their new swanky digs on the right. Also, I hate to embarrass the plants, but look at the length of those ROOTS. I have a feeling the new homes will only be temporary. I wonder when baby spruce trees can be transplanted outside? Probably not when they're still small enough for the lawnmower to run over them.

35 comments:

Nowheymama said...

Pretty! And...is that SUNLIGHT I see in the last photo? It makes me want to press my face against the computer screen.

Elizabeth said...

I love the pots - I think they go together beautifully. The light blue tones down the modern vibe of the yellow perfectly.

Allyson said...

I've got these guys as well- Five sprouted, but it looks like I only have four that will make it. How tall were yours when you transplanted them?

Miss Grace said...

On account of your adorable spruce sprouts, I bought the $1 valentines plants from Target. I just started them yesterday though, so no word on their success just yet.

sil said...

seeing all four on the windowsill, i think the all go together quite well!

Swistle said...

Allyson- They were about an inch and a half high.

Miss Grace- I bought some too! I got the lavender kind. No sprouting, yet, though.

Misty said...

Love! This makes me want to run to the store and buy little pots to grow things in!

Kristine said...

They look great all together!

I have never had much success in the growing from seeds department, but am working on my own chives and dill - we'll see.

Laura said...

Aww, I love them! My poor little seedlings died from either overwatering or a window draft. I am still sad about it. :(

Christina said...

I personally think they look great together!

d e v a n said...

Cute, cute, cute!
I think the green and yellow go well together and I love the speckled pots!

Astarte said...

They're so cute!!! They look like you're growing more Whos for Whoville!

Alice said...

i think the pots all look adorable together! no clashing at all. and how CUTE are the little spruce trees??

Melissa H said...

i love that last photo. The pots are great!

Jess said...

Oh, they're gorgeous! I love the pots together. The colors are unexpected but they work.

Marie Green said...

I have 2 sprouting that are going to need new homes soon.

Whimsy said...

Chiming in on LOVE for the spruce pots. I think they look smashing. And how much do you LOVE buying cute pots? I can't let myself go in to those stores for fear that I'll walk out of there with 45 darling pots sitting in my cart. 45 pots AND NOTHING TO PLANT IN THEM. Because I am Planting Impaired. I should take a picture of my sad Shelf of Discarded Cute Pottery. A million forlorn pots with (again) NOTHING IN THEM.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

The pots look great. Your plants have done much better than mine. My trees never even grew but I have some sort of other plant growing in there.

pseudostoops said...

The pots coordinate nicely, I think, and that last picture (sunlight! coordinating pots! wee precious spruce trees!) is positively lovely.

Mimi said...

Those pots are too cute! I'm going to have to find new homes for my spruce sprouts soon too.

Jiff said...

I love them! Do you have a second window that you can divide them up in? Just wondering in case you're still second guessing your choices. If not, I like them as they are. :)

DCMomma said...

Oh they are precious in their little pots, in the sun! Love the color combinations.

Kate said...

The spruces look adorable in their new homes. Makes me wish I had a window above my sink in the kitchen. Also makes me wish we had a little sun around these parts.

Erin said...

Oh, they are so CUTE!

And those babies don't need to be educated or clothed or potty trained or fed at 2am.

kate w. said...

They are so stinking adorable-I can't stand it! I guess I should really get my act together and PLANT the ones I ran out and bought after your first post...

sigh...

Sometimes I think it is a miracle I can find my way home...

bluedaisy said...

They look really cute!!

Heather D. said...

I like the pots. Your baby trees are turning out so well. I had three sprout but only one is alive right now. I'm crossing my fingers!

Michelle said...

Awwww, they look so happy sitting on the windowsill there. I'm impressed at how well they're surviving.

Hallie said...

How adorable!

Hotch Potchery said...

I love your new transplanted guys!

I also got Valentine pots from Target...strawberries, but I haven't started them yet.

Allstarme79 said...

Those are way cute! Oh, and v. awesome you got to spend some time, you know, by yourself.

Julie said...

I like the pots together. They look so prety on the window sill. That could be a post card picture. It makes me ache for spring here in Michigan. And I totally understand your issues with decision making and buyer's remorse. I've got the same disease.

nicole said...

I think the pots look good together. The green of each plant ties them together.

the new girl said...

Aw, I think they look great! Were you scared re-potting them? It's always something that makes me a little wiggy...re-potting plants.

You're a very good surgeon.

Kelsey said...

That last photo is such a happy one!