Weekly Photo Challenge: “Show us something that you’ve recycled or repurposed, or an object for which you’ve discovered a clever new use.”
Who would have guessed that a metal glass jar ring would end up in an aloe vera plant?
Normally, such an object would serve to hold a metal lid tight to a jar filled with succulent Georgia peaches, red-ripe garden tomatoes, or crunchy bread-and-butter pickles.
Instead, this ring was used to hold up a section of the plant that was drooping over the side of its pot. Aloe tends to do that, but I was determined this sprig would stand at attention solely for aesthetic purposes. I don’t remember why I had a metal glass jar ring in my office or why I chose to re-purpose it in this manner, but it worked its magic at the time. Now, the ring is merely a garnishment, cemented in the dirt, causing visitors to ask the question, “Why?”
The aloe itself has been re-purposed many times. One sprig given to me by a friend many years ago, turned into an admirably-sized plant.
From this plant and the spreading of offsets, the office has five additional pots filled with aloe and I have given away three or four pots to co-workers and friends. It’s impossible to kill the darn thing, but it could have something to do with the southern and eastern exposures the plants receive and the owner’s attention to their needs. My friend, who has the original behemoth, tells me she has to continually “cull” her plant and simply throws away the baby offspring that continue to spread and grow.
That’s a little sad to me.
I prefer to give those little ones a second chance and adopt out.