Wednesday, July 05, 2006

My democracy plant

Meet my democracy plant. I got it at the democracy protest last saturday. Audrey Eu (the politician) was selling them. I don't know if you've seen these things, but they come as a big bean inside a ceramic egg. You're supposed to crack the top off the egg and water it, and hey presto, a bean plant with appropriately Festive Phrase (tm) printed on the side grows out. I have no idea how they do this - the bean pod itself was blank, so how did they get the words on the plant? It's magic. Unfortunately, I dropped the egg on the tram on the way home - the bottom just fell out of the paper bag! I was sad. I broke my democracy egg.

But I planted the bean anyway, and here's what I got. It says "universal suffrage" upside-down, in Chinese. Sorry I couldn't get a less blurry photo.

I'm gonna try really, really hard not to kill it. Maybe if it grows, we'll get some democracy? Come on magic bean, do your work.

Posted by Kea to Bumbling Bees - Gardening at 7/05/2006 03:47:00 PM


greeeenwithenv said...

A show on HGTV was pushing an "I love you" version of that not too long ago. I think it's really cute! So it's not laser-inscribed or something? That was my guess as to how it worked.

Kea said...

I guessed it was probably lasers since it looks burned in. I wonder who would ever wake up one day and say "I know, I'm going to laser burn slogans into bean pods!" They've probably made a fortune by now.