Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Little Kale that Could

I got a flowering kale plant in late September, squeezed it into a basket that was about an inch too small and set it outside with my pumpkins on top of a hay bale by the front door. From then on, I basically ignored its needs. It didn't seem to mind too much when I forgot to water it for days on end while it baked in its little basket of dirt. The weekend after Thanksgiving I finally threw out the hay bale and pumpkins, and the little kale plant was still looking like new. Unwilling to throw it out, I dug a hole not quite deep enough in the very hard dirt by the gas meter and plopped it in there. It's had a few inches of snow on it, and it's endured temperatures in the teens for days on end, and look at it:

I'm beginning to suspect it's plastic. Just kidding, it's very real and I sure got my $3 worth out of it! Happy Outdoor Wednesday!


Blondie's Journal said...

Kale can be so pretty and hardy...this one wants to be yours forever!!


Maryrose said...

Your post made me your humor. I agree with Jane, it must really love you.

LV said...

All it needed was just little tender care and love.

Shelia said...

I love these and used to plant them each fall when we lived in a colder climate!! They are so pretty.
Happy New Year!!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Light and Voices said...

ROFL...."The Little Kale that Could" What a cute title.
Joyce M

Donnie said...

What a fun post. The landscapers around the park have planted a lot of Ornamental Kale too and it's lovely.

Linda said...

I notice that kale is getting very popular in these parts too...very pretty!

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