As some of you already know, I have a lucky bamboo plant that I call Bertram. It may sound silly, but since my dorm does not really support most pets, keeping a plant is the next best thing. And so, a year this past March, I've been taking care of a rapidly growing houseplant. This is the first time I've had a plant and it's lasted more than a few weeks.
Today, I finally decided it might be fun to get another plant. I thought it might brighten up my dorm room for this coming school year. And, since the local drug store was carrying tiny cacti (for only $1.99!) I thought that might be a fun plant to start with (either that, or one of the $5.00 orchids I found at the grocery store).
So, I was checking out the cacti (all tiny and cute-- some with little flowers on top). And that's when I discovered a clever, if not distasteful deception.
There was something funky about the base of the flowers. As I leaned in to get a closer look, I realized that these were not natural flowers (well, they might be real flowers, but they weren't naturally a part of the cactus. They were fixed on with a hot glue gun. And it wouldn't have been so bad if the workmanship weren't so shoddy; you could actually see the opaque strands of glue where the flower was attached!
Needless to say, I didn't buy a cactus.