As with every eternal love story, this gardening enthusiast's love affair with her "perfect" succulent came with plenty of drama.
Caelie Wilkes's dream was quite simple. All she wanted to do was keep her beautiful succulent well and alive. For 2 years, she took good care of the "perfect" plant on her kitchen window; watering it, cleaning its leaves, making sure absolutely no harm came upon it under her watchful eye. She was so protective of the gorgeous succulent that she wouldn't even let anyone other than her water it. Only she knew what was right for her little green wonder and she was determined to keep it that way. Sadly, as with every eternal love story, Wilkes and her succulent's tale has a heartbreaking conclusion. Well, heartbreaking might be a bit of an over-exaggeration, but you get the point.
Sharing her botanical heartbreak tale on Facebook late last month, Wilkes wrote: I’ve had this beautiful succulent for about 2 years now. I was so proud of this plant. It was full, beautiful coloring, just an overall perfect plant. I had it up in my kitchen window. I had a watering plan for it, if someone else tried to water my succulent I would get so defensive because I just wanted to keep good care of it. I absolutely loved my succulent. Fair enough, it is a rather pretty succulent.
However, Wilkes was in for a rather rude realization when she decided that it was time to move her "perfect" succulent into a new pretty pot. Today I decided it was time to transplant, I found the cutest vase, that suited it perfectly, she explained. As Wilkes carefully pulled her precious plant from the original plastic container it came in, she realized that her beautiful succulent wasn't in fact alive. I go to pull it from the original plastic container it was purchased with to learn this plant was FAKE, she exclaimed.
I put so much love into this plant! I washed its leaves. Tried my hardest to keep it looking it’s best, and it’s completely plastic! How did I not know this? I pull it from the container it’s sitting on Styrofoam￼ with sand glued to the top! I feel like these last two years have been a lie, Wilkes lamented.
Wilkes' green thumb fail story soon tickled a lot of ribs on the internet as netizens LOL-ed to their heart's content. With her story hitting quite close to home for all those who've tried and failed at gardening, she became the newest viral phenomenon in next to no time. Facebook user Mindy Melton Cheyne commented: I'm laughing and crying with you. I just sat at a table in a motel eating area and pulled a Burrows Tail succulent over to me. I looked closely. I touched it. Pushes it back. Reasoned it out. Cant be real. They would have to water it. Pulled it back over and finally got the nerve to squeeze one tiny piece with my nail. It was fake. It sure had me stumped. Lola Moreno added: I choked on my tea a bit there. Thanks for the good cry-laugh.
Although the story also made her vulnerable to ridicule from many internet trolls who seem to think something like this would never happen to them, Wilkes now has her hands full with a bunch of brand new actually alive succulents to pay attention to them. You see, as her story made headlines across publications, Home Depot reached out to the gardening enthusiast with an offer she couldn't resist. Just days after posting her epic fail, Wilkes revealed that the company sent her some really pretty succulents that she can now take care of; just like she did with the fake one.