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Mairin's Journal

Mairin's Journal

Last Post 70 days 15 hours ago

Plotting and planning

21 January 2010 17:10:05

It never ceases to amaze me as to how a certain person in this house does not notice certain things, such as floors in need of a sweep!  However, buy a new indoor plant and it is spotted immediately.  I have a number of plants which are on top of the kitchen units but they can't stay there because they are not getting enough light.  The plan is to pot them all together in one large pot and put it on the step of the stairs which has the bend on it and therefore, has the space to accommodate them.  However, in order to do this, I have to adopt a 4 plan strategy.

Step 1:  Purchase a mobile plant stand in Lidl (for €4.99) so the container will not be sitting on the carpet and they can be moved up out of the way when the stairs is being hoovered.

Step 2:  Strategically place the plant stand without any plants on it before he arrives home from work.

Step 3:  When it is noticed and commented upon, just brush it off as if it just landed there from outer space and that I certainly had no hand, act nor part in its arrival to that very spot.

Step 4:  In about a month's time, pot up the container, place it on the stand and walk away.  If a further comment is received at that point, the answer is very simple - the plant stand had been there for AGES. 

Step 1 and 2 have been implemented today.


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LindaB LindaB 21 January 2010 17:12:15

Your other half must be related to mine!!!!!!  Good strategy - I like it!!!   Good luck!!!


fran m fran m 21 January 2010 17:47:43

So that's how it's DONE  :-)) I's atelling haha. I's atelling.


unagrant unagrant 21 January 2010 17:53:35

Mairin, that was so funny, we really are all the same.  In my boot of the car at the moment is seven plants I bought from Aldi today bargain at 2.50 each. They will be planted very quickly


Myrtle Myrtle 21 January 2010 18:13:57

Mairin we can relate to that in one way or another! I have been known to leave the plants in the boot of the car till the coast is clear else I'll be asked where I am going to put those!


flitters flitters 21 January 2010 20:59:12

We are all the same. I just tell him they have been ther for ages!!!!


spider spider 21 January 2010 21:32:30

Great idea only I think it will become a mobile ashtray being wheeled to and fro from the door everytime someone wants a fag outside


Mairin Mairin 21 January 2010 23:19:44

My plan has slightly misfired.  The plant stand has been removed and put away, as I type, on the basis of it having wheels.  I did explain that there is a lock on them, which was confirmed but it was still not put back.  Looks like my 4 plan strategy needs altering! 


Cloncaw Cloncaw 22 January 2010 00:26:10

He's just concerned that someone will be skateboarding on it or perhaps one of the two darlings would find it a handy missile instead of their normal squabble, obviously stage 4 needs to happen as soon as stages 1&2 are completed again. Best of luck with your plan hope you succeed.


Lìga Lìga 22 January 2010 08:13:33

How many pots can put on this plant stand?I need something like it.


Rachel Rachel 22 January 2010 10:51:08

Excellent. Did you mention that you are going to put a planting combination, in the one pot, on the stand. Just say that the individual plants have been in other rooms for ages.

Or... re-arrange all your house plants. Do this every day for a week until he's completely confused about what plants you have and what goes where. Then on day eight, introduce your new plant. If he notices it's new, you can easily convince him that you've had it for a while but it was in another place : )


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