Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Resurrection 2--The Unfurling

Life Among the Leaves has been more like Life Under the Weather the past couple of days, as I have been fighting a head cold. I've only had three colds in the past ten years, but they always knock me for a loop. Anyway, wherever life is located, it goes on, so here are some updates on my novelty plants:

Selaginella lepidophylla, aka Resurrection Plant, partially unfurled, about 4 hours after being immersed in water.

Resurrection plant, the day after the complete unfurling. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of it at its maximum rehydrated state.

Though I put its roots in a pot of moist soil after removing it from the water, it had already started to dry up bit in less than 12 hours in the open air. Notice the curled leaves on the far left of the picture. I've since placed it in a makeshift terrarium, so that it is surrounded by moist air. We'll see how that goes.

In other goings on, Chia Kitty continues to put on "fur," albeit unevenly.

Pretty shaggy on one side...
...less so on the other, and still bald on top.

And as a reminder that January does not always equal dormancy, here is what my Philodendron bipinnatifidum has been doing:

P. binnatifidum has two new leaves about to unfurl

Now I'm off to take some leaves internally, in the form of a nice hot cup of tea.


mr_subjunctive said...

People talk about colds like they're trivial, mere inconveniences, but in reality they can really mess a person up. Sorry you've been unwell.

Karen715 said...

Thanks Mr_S. When I was a little kid, I generally had to go to school when I had a cold unless I was extremely sick, because in my working household, no one could afford to stay home with me too often.

When I got to high school age, and could stay home alone, I was amazed at how often my mother let me stay home in bed with a cold. I had come to think that a cold was something to be treated, like you say, as a mere inconvenience.

I still have trouble shaking the idea that I'm being overly self-indulgent when I spend most of the day taking it easy, no matter how lousy I feel.