Poor Nigel, after a promising start with his amaryllis, the half term holiday unfortunately put paid to any horticultural dream that he had been harbouring…..
Despite a robust beginning, the plant decided to bloom while Nigel wasn’t there to tend it, as a result it’s flowers became so heavy that both stems simply keeled over, and someone on the caretaking staff decided to lob them off, stem and all, to prevent any further suffering ….. without Nigel ever seeing the flowers, he was devastated!
Even Darrell was visibly upset for Nigel and the plant …… it all seemed so final!.
There was also no way of softening the blow for Nigel that Darrell’s amaryllis had continued to thrive during the holiday, and had also blossomed but without any of the aforesaid dire consequences.
But though proud, Darrell did not gloat, and underplayed his joy and pride in his plant …….
…… and said that Nigel could take care of the second shoot that was now thriving…. and should look upon it as his own.
Poor Nigel ….. nature can be a cruel mistress!