doodle by andre: water or else, dollface!

THOSE OF YOU TRAVELING at some point during the holidays may have left someone in charge of the houseplants. Doodler Andre Jordan wants to be sure you know this one teeny detail on that score: If the beloved charges are dead when you get back, it is NOT, repeat NOT, an excuse for violence. Please be advised. (On second thought, isn’t that what the plea “justifiable homicide” was invented to describe? I mean, if someone kills your plants…)

  1. Bobster says:

    Andre is a gardener after all!

    I imagine only a gardener can appreciate the angst of leaving the wellbeing of plants you may have owned for decades to the care of a “non-gardener” for any extended amount of time.

    “postscript – I’m not talking about watering just on the day before I get back either!”

  2. Amy says:

    Oh my, I had to laugh at this. I can relate, only in my case I had some major knee surgery one week before Christmas. At least I’m still here to remind him to water my poor plants, otherwise they would be sunk!

  3. Angela (In the Cottage Garden) says:

    LOL! Love this. Can I also add weeding, mowing, edging… Oh heck, I think DH would risk it anyway. He hates gardening passionately!

    ~Angela :-)

  4. margaret says:

    Welcome, Angela. The lengths some people will go to and the risks they will take to avoid horticulture, huh? Hope to see you soon again.

  5. John at JWLW says:

    Andre: I did’nt know you knew my wife. You have quoted her to the letter. Must be a gardeners saying, I have also said it to my wife.

    Enjoy your doodle’s, looking forward for some more.


  6. andre says:

    I would like to point out that this post is not in any way based on my own wife (whom I love with all my heart). She would never threaten me with death were I to kill her plants or forget to make her coffee in the morning. No.

    Happy Holidays everyone.

  7. Carolyn says:

    I too left my beloved plants alone in my office, when I had to have unplanned surgery for a broken knee cap. Lucky for me Robin watered them and my favorite Christmas cactus blessed her with multiple blooms. She is my watering angel

    1. margaret says:

      Welcome, Carolyn. Good news about the plants (not such good news about your knee, sorry). Glad that you were blessed with a watering angel. Hope to see you here again soon, and happy 2009.

  8. Ashley Duncklee says:

    Recently I was asked to care for the neighbors plants. I only killed two plants; I tend to over water I think. She has lots of plants around her pool and yard. After reading your advice I feel more confident that I will do much better next time. I also really enjoy your show.
    Thanks for all your advice Ashley

    1. margaret says:

      Hi, Ashley, and welcome. Though I am the former editorial director for Martha for many years, I’m just Margaret (not Martha!). I do get a lot of emails for her, with garden questions, more than ever since my recent appearances on her TV show again. Anyhow, whoever I am, your assumption is right: Overwatering is the worst thing for most any plant. The key is to really poke your finger into the top inch or two of the soil, and see if it’s dry; not just the surface, which can get dry quickly when the rest of the pot is still moist enough. Do stop back again soon, and I will forward your comment to Martha herself as well.

  9. Liz says:

    LOL! Worse, I have to ask my kids to water my plants when I’m away.
    They are older, but I never know what I will return home to.

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