100 Day Project Day 5
Day 5 of The 100 Day Project: Today I’m once again putting something that’s supposed to be big into something very small (hey now) because FUN FACT: just like you can bonsai a rose bush, you can also bonsai a lilac bush.
So wtf is my problem? I love flowers but hate going outside, that’s what.
It’s my dream in life to be able to enjoy my favorite flowers without getting attacked by every insect in the world, so maybe I can get a little closer to that dream here. We’ll see. As long as I don’t kill it.
So I started out with a little baby lilac bush and this vintage plastic pouring cup I found in a pile of junk my neighbor was getting rid of but didn’t have luck with in a yard sale. If anyone has a better name than “pouring cup”, let me know. I don’t quite know what to call this thing. It’s not quite a teacup, but not quite a crazy boat… so I guess “pouring cup” will suffice for now.
Next, I drilled some holes in the bottom of the cup for drainage.
To keep the dirt from escaping through the bottom while still allowing water to flow through, I used a dryer sheet that had already been through the wash. I’ve seen people use pieces of screen or coffee filters, but this was a good way to use a little something that would have otherwise been thrown away.
Next, I added some tiny rocks to the bottom so that the soil doesn’t get compacted at the bottom of the cup.
Then I added the dirt and the lilac after trimming back the roots a bit. Just like with the rose bush, I’m not going to detail this process because I don’t actually know anything about bonsai and am just doing my best. If things work out, I’ll write something up on it later but until then I don’t want to be responsible for anyone else killing their plants.
I’m going to do more reading on what I need to do to trim and prune the bush from here, but for now I’m going to leave it as is. It’s just so cute.
Tomorrow I’ll be starting in on yet another plant project. It’s the perfect time of year and I’ve still got a couple of plant ideas to get out of my system. I mean can anyone really get sick of plants though?
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