Earlier this week we had a shed installed in our back yard, which I am hoping to convert into a play area or camping hut. In order to install it, we had to cut back some trees, including a jade plant that seemed out of place sticking out of a bed of ivy. I cut a large section off the plant to clear the way for the shed and decided it replant it in another spot in the back yard, but yesterday I realized it looked awkward there. Then it hit me. I knew the perfect place for the plant. I cut it into sections that could each be planted individually, put them all in a plastic plant pot, which I loaded into my car. With my son Theo in town, I then headed for Atwater Village.
I have noticed with this blog that some days that are really good because they are full of activities and people aren’t always the best days for my Giveaway. Today began with an enjoyable chat over coffee and then my first successful yoga class in a couple of months (I could almost breathe normally again). I wrote an article and then managed lunch with my best friend Lynn, after which I headed to Theo’s schools to sort out some business with his teacher, came home to go through emails and then picked him up at karate. Not my most impressive day professionally, but a full one nonetheless. At no point during that day did I manage a Giveaway, mostly because I had already given things to the people I was with and didn’t want to repeat. However, by the evening I was running out of options, so I turned to the garden.
We have a rather large jade plant, also known as a money tree or a friendship tree in an odd spot at the top of our back yard. When we were growing up in Scotland, we always thought this plant was rather exotic and tropical, but here in Southern California, they seem almost ordinary. I realized the other day that I could make cuttings from our jade plant, transplant them in cute little pots and give them to people as cute little gifts representing friendship or fortune. This evening, lacking in inspiration, I chose to keep things simple. I walked down the street and left a jade plant in a cute little blue glass pot on top of a bright yellow fire hydrant with a note saying “Free Jade Plant.” Hopefully by now it’s adding a touch of the exotic and symbolic to an otherwise ordinary kitchen table.