Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Gardening

Gran gave me this (once) beautiful climbing plant for Mother's Day (it hasn't been that long) when it came to me it had beautiful flowers all over it and was ALL green. It now still has some green... it is still "alive" but really the question is not how big will it get, or will it take over the yard, but moreover how long will it survive.

I have a black thumb. I'll just say it. I'm sure there's something that could be done about it. There are books that could be read, techniques that could be learned - but for the most part, plants come here to die and on the rare occasion I bring them here myself to do so. I don't TRY to kill them. But it happens. EVERY TIME. Sometimes they make it a while, some even make it a year or two (cactus) but eventually they all die.

So yesterday I decided that with all this beautiful sunny weather we've been having I'd like some color to stare at out on my deck. And so in a rare moment of "gardener" I headed to the store to procure a planter and some flowers. Sorry plants, when you left your nestled home in the garden department of Fred Meyer you probably thought you were going to flourish, to spread your roots... you never knew that my black thumb had come to collect to your imminent doom. Ok so it's not THAT bad, but it is true.

Yesterday, I procured these plants (the ones in the back like sunlight, I know that much at least) and then I also purchased an already planted planter that was on clearance - plants already doomed to die! So I wasn't totally euthanizing them by taking them home- they were on the chopping block already! I brought them home, filled the planter up and planted my flowers. They look so pretty (today). When they will expire only God knows - but me and nature don't get along so I suspect it will be far sooner in my household than in others, or in the garden department at Fred Meyer.


In other news, Ace is in much better spirits. Thank you everyone for your concern. He finishes his antibiotics today and has a follow up appointment for Thursday. He isn't sounding 100% yet. That cough is still pretty phlegmy and painful sounding but he doesn't seem to cry every time he coughs so I think he's well on his way to healthy. Sadly today he isn't able to go swimming - just to be safe for the other kids. So today we're just hanging out watching him walk around 5-11 steps at a time. :)

17 comments:

S Club Mama said...

I've killed many a cacti in my day, no worries. IF I ever decide I want flowers, they will be simple things: tulips, iris, stuff that doesn't require a lot of maintenance because I'm lazy!

Sissy said...

Yes, someone else with a black thumb! I love seeing flowers, having them around the house, etc... Planting them, taking care of them? Not so much.

pam said...

Looks great! I have the black thumb as well:)

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Leigh said...

I used to be the same way, the black thumb and all, but I seem to have finally kicked it, well, at least with house plants... My garden isn't exactly the best on the block, but maybe someday... Give it time, you'll get better at it.

MaRiN said...

I just gave up on my garden...I re-planted 3 times! I'm cursed, I will always be a plant killer.

Days of Whine & Noses said...

I too have a black thumb!

Thanks for stopping by my blog

chicamom85 said...

What a beautiful baby you have! Thanks for visiting my blog. I am terrible with plants. Most that know me do not even bother to give them to me anymore lol.

Anne

Kari said...

I have a big ol' black thumb, too!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope your little one is feeling better.

Kristen said...

So sad...and funny. I will start working on the floral eulogy. What do you send to a flower funeral...people? BTW are those bleeding hearts? I love those flowers. Maybe you should send them to me.

Mamarazzi said...

i have a black thumb tooo...good luck with those beautiful flowers!!

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Karen ~Georgia Angel said...

I do not have a green thumb either. I planted some flowers in the back corner of our yard and it is only by God's grace of so much rain lately that they have flourished. Dropping by through the June Comment Challenge.

Mom's Fortress of Solitude said...

Thank you for visiting and commenting, Jo. I so know what you mean about the black thumb. Don't worry, though. You learn as you get older.

I had joked with my husband at one time that I was going to purchase fake plants and flowers to plant in the soil in our front yard. LOL

I couldn't keep any plant alive back then.

Mom's Fortress of Solitude said...

Oh yah! I forgot to tell you that I'm following you, now, and I'm off to add your button to my blog. :o)

Kristen Andrews said...

I love gardening but have bad luck so if I plant something and it grows I buy more of that same plant!

Stacie said...

I don't have a green thumb either. Your plants look beautiful! Glad to hear Aiden is feeling better.

Mommyof2girlz said...

Those are so beautiful! Wish I could keep any planted alive! Thanks for stopping by today hun :)

UPrinting said...

I know you'd do better next time. Just keep on believing. And yeah, reading can go a long way. You still need to learn some more about gardening. :)