I bought a window box, painted it sage green like the style mags said. Planted multi-coloured pansies and red geraniums. You didn’t notice. I added a windmill. It whirled and twirled in the breeze. Irritated the hell out of the neighbours. I swapped it for a gnome. Not ‘on trend’. You still didn’t take any bloody notice. I went all out to impress. Connected up a fountain, ran it night and day. Did you notice? Did you hell.
For the next term, I abandoned plants altogether. Laid stones and gravel. Spent hours with a miniature rake, bought off the internet. I made patterns, curls, semi-circles, perfect parallel lines. A seagull crapped right in the middle of a circle. Not even a glance. I was running out of ideas. Stuck the gnome back. He had lost his fishing rod and his ‘made in China’ bottom didn’t even cover the seagull crap. I took a photo, used it for my Uni project, so not a complete waste. Some stupid bastard stole the gnome. I thought of trying cactuses but needles scare me. A dandelion took root in the window box, you could see the cheap plastic through the peeling paint.
Today I bought a Bonsai Maple, a tender indoor plant the label says. It needs constant attention.