how to transform a cheap potted plant

Sally Schneider

Every winter around this time, hyacinths appear at my corner market: three just-sprouting bulbs nestled in dirt in an ugly plastic pot wrapped in gaudy paper. I treat myself to them because, liberated from their tacky dressing, they offer a glimmer of spring for a few dollars.

Once home, I remove the shiny paper, hold the base of the green sprouts firmly in one hand and tip the pot upside-down. I pull the sprout gently and the entire molded form of dirt and roots comes out in one neat piece. Then I place it in a shallow bowl…

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

…watering as needed…

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

I’ll enjoy seeing roots and earth – a private little garden – as the closed buds slowly open, day by day, into full blooms…

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

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