It was 2008 and for the first time in my life, I lived all by myself in an inner city apartment. It was a tiny warehouse conversion on a noisy, dusty street with a pub just across the road. Down the street was a cafe that served great coffee and a mean bacon and egg roll. It was a mere 5 minutes to the city and it perfectly suited my lifestyle then.
The previous tenant had left behind some of her possessions, one of which was a sad looking, obviously neglected pot plant sitting in corner of the balcony. Its leaves were covered in dust and I had no idea what sort of plant it was, the terrible brown thumb I was then.
Then one day, after consulting Dr Google, I wiped clean each leaf, re-potted the plant using new potting mix, gave it a weak fertilizer solution and moved it to a sunnier spot. I also made sure to water it and wipe the leaves with water regularly after that. Slowly, it started to grow new shoots and leaves and began to thrive. And then, quite unexpectedly, it flowered.
When Stu and I bought our house together three years ago, I, of course, brought the plant with me. In the suburbs, it flourished even more and has been flowering quite regularly for me. Looking at them brings me much joy and pride as it was my first bit of gardening success!
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