Tonight two of our closest couple friends and our pastor and his wife came to our house for our weekly bible study. Everyone who entered just oooo & aaaahhh'd over my Mandevilla Plant.
I bought this plant spring of 07'....when fall arrived I was determined to keep this gorgeous plant alive. With the help from John we put it in the garage to store for the winter. I babied it all winter long....watering it every other week and fertilizer once a month. Eventually, it started to die. :( I was so sad. But, I told John to leave it...I was going to resurrect it! So I continued to water and fertilize it even though there was nothing left but dirt. I cut all the stems down to nothing.
In late April I noticed a new growth. I was ecstatic!!! I put it out in the yard once the temperature stayed over 55 at night. It just took off and started growing. And here we are now. It has gotten huge. It wrapped itself around my wind chimes....and the wind chimes still chime. Next year I'm going to buy a trellis of some sort.
This plant makes me happy. It is so beautiful. Soon I will be storing it in the garage again...I hope that I will be able to take good care of it this winter as well. I look forward to next spring.