One Pretty HibiscusSaturday, January 16, 2010
I often pass by a house that has some of the most admirable Hibiscus flowers I have ever seen. Few months back, the shrub was in full bloom and I told myself I must have this light orange Hibiscus...
Since then, I have been to a number of nurseries to find one that's the same but have not been successful. Last Sunday when I was passing by this house again, I saw an elderly man sitting infront of the house. I quickly stopped and gained courage to ask for a cutting. I told the elderly man that I like his Hibiscus very much but couldn't find one from all the nurseries I had visited. Then he responded with the most delightful answer: "Ok, I would cut one good branch for you. Just put the branch into a container of soil and place it under the shade and it would grow."
My heart was elated with joy! But my big smile has to be controled as he looked rather reserved and serious. Probably he does not feel comfortable talking to a stranger or maybe he was affected by the hot afternoon. In fact he didn't even look at me at all! Oh, I didn't know what else to tell him more as I also felt shy asking for the cutting (hee, hee...) but I did manage to get his name :-)
Right after I got the big branch, I thanked him from the bottom of my heart, held it on my arm (as if I just got out from a florist!) and headed home happily :-D
I cut the big branch into a few cuttings so that I can grow a few plants (greedy me!).
I hope the cuttings would get rooted soon! Otherwise, I have to gain the courage to ask for a cutting again!
Have you ever stopped to ask a stranger for a cutting before?