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Marguerite July 29, 2013

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

“Your plant’s dying,” my four-hours-a-month housekeeper told me in that ever-so-helpful way.

“No,” I said. “It’s going to drop those leaves and grow new ones. It did that once before.”

Once before, five years ago, it turns out. Remember when I wrote that I had a plant (a sago palm)? And that after a few years of having it, it was still alive? And how crazy that was? No? Refresh your memory here.

So, if five years ago I’d had the plant a few years, it’s truly some sort of record that it’s still in my life.

I call the plant Marguerite after Sewa Yoleme’s mother, who gave it to me. Soon after I wrote about the plant, the real Marguerite died. When Marguerite the Plant gave up its original palms, I boxed them up and sent them to Sewa Yoleme.

But doubt is beginning to nag. Did the plant shed leaves another time between that first shedding and now? I don’t think so, but maybe it did. Five years is a long time. Anyway, it doesn’t happen often.

About two weeks ago I took these photos with the old and new growth:



And this was the plant after I trimmed off the old leaves:


This was the plant about a week ago:


And this is Marguerite today:



I still have a plant. What are the odds?


1. Eulalia Benejam Cobb - July 30, 2013

Marguerite is here to stay!

indigobunting - August 2, 2013

It may be true.

2. Helen - July 30, 2013

Marguerite is looking lovely. And I love the part about sending her original palms to Sewa Yoleme.

indigobunting - August 2, 2013

He seemed to appreciate it. And hello, Helen!

3. Craig R. Smith - August 2, 2013

I’m thrilled to see she’s doing so well! The Other Marguerite visits from time to time. My great niece was starring in a local production of HAIRSPRAY, and as the show started, I suddenly and very palpably felt Mom’s presence. It was both eerie and wonderful at the same time. Thank you so much for posting this!

indigobunting - August 2, 2013

I heart both Marguerites!

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