Thursday, April 23, 2009

Spring cleaning....

It's a job that I really hate to do.

I don't like heights.

My arms ache afterward.

I put it off for as long as I can.

But sooner or later, I must face the task.

Those leaves....every single one of them....must be washed.

After a year (or more, I confess) the ficus leaves had a coating of dust that could no longer be ignored. So I brought in the step ladder, armed myself with soapy water and a sponge, and attacked the tree.

I didn't even stop to take "before" pictures....I didn't want to lose my momentum.

So this is the "after" picture.

Clean, shiny, fresh, healthy leaves on a tree that started out no taller than I am, but now has grown to touch the ceiling, secured by wire to the beam in order to stand upright.

Happy dance! Done! For another year!


LivingforGod said...

I would have never thought of washing leaves on a tree. You're very diligent :).

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grammy said...

It is very pretty...but I can not imagine doing all that work. The whole room looks shiny clean.

Joyce said...

Congrats! A job well done. I'm sure the plant can breathe easier now (literally).

Anonymous said...

Did you know that leaf washing is a Montessori activity? Just not with a tree and a ladder. You have a lucky plant! I just hope to keep them alive... ; )