I broke one of the cardinal rules of gardeners.
Namely, when you see a plant you want, get it.
I saw a crown of thorns, Euphorbia milii, for sale. It had bright yellow bracts instead of the pink bracts that are more commonly sold, that I already have.
I wanted it. I picked it up. I looked it over. It was the last one. It was a little rough looking. You’d be rough looking too if you were sitting in a big box mega-sized grocery store waiting for someone to buy you.
I told myself I had no business looking at house plants. I’ve got more house plants than house right now. Then I told myself “But you’ve never seen a yellow one”.
I resisted. I put it back. I forgot about it. I moved along. I bought groceries. I went home. I thought no more of it. It’s in the past. I didn’t get it.
Then I started to water the house plants. Oh, so many of them, but none of them was Euphorbia milii with yellow bracts.
I realized then that I wanted it, that I’d broken the rule about “when you see a plant you want, get it“.
I hope it is there when I go back tomorrow. Or maybe I should go back now? That store never closes. The plant should still be there.
Or will it be gone? Perhaps another gardener saw it? Maybe they bought MY plant. My yellow bracted (is bracted a word?) crown of thorns.
Please be kind and don’t chastise me for not buying this plant. Not having the plant now is punishment enough.