Iâ€™ve written one or two posts over the years about not having a green thumb, and nothing has changed. Butâ€¦ and I say this stronglyâ€¦ I am willing to try over and over again. And this summer is no different!
I had a philodendron for 13 years. It was very low maintenance and easy. Summers, Iâ€™d just put it outside and it flourished. In the winter months, it sat in my foyer. I watered itÂ when I thought about it. Just as it started turning very brown, spring would show up to rescue it.
Those plants are no nonsenseÂ and die hard, literally.Â No matter what I did, or didnâ€™t do for it, it lived. That was until this past winter. We didnâ€™t have a hard winter at all, and I tried to see how long it could stay outside and live.
Wellâ€¦ Â that wasnâ€™t my actual thought process. I just didnâ€™t bring it in. And every time I passed it at the front door it seemed to be okay, so I left it there. And then we had a couple of cold snaps. Soon after that, it was gone. I mean gone as in DEAD!
I donâ€™t know, why Iâ€™m not a plant person. Maybe if plants cried, talked, or pooped, they would get more attention from me. I really want to be a plant person, and grow pretty green plants, and have them all over the house. I love flowers!
Last summer I grew a pineapple plant, from the top of the pineapple. It was a little touch and go for a whileÂ but it started to grow. I put it outside and it thrived! Then it met the same demise as theÂ philodendron. I just didnâ€™t bring it in. *Insert deep sigh*
Mr. Husband says, our house it where plants come to die. Again, I REALLY want to change that. Late April, I ran across caladium bulbs on sale. I think it was already a little late to plantÂ because they were on sale for aboutÂ $1.25. But I was willing to give it a try.
I brought them home with EVERY intention to plant them right awayâ€¦
WELL, THAT DID NOT HAPPEN!
What did happen wasâ€¦ All three packages of bulbs ended up in a cabinet in the laundry room, out of Mr. Husbandâ€™s sight. If he knew I was trying my hand and plants again this summer he was going to tease me. And I wasnâ€™t having itâ€¦ So I hid them in the cabinet.
Whatâ€™s the old adage? Out of site, out of mind.
I kinda forget they were there. Then Mr. found them, while looking in the cabinet for a tool of some sort. And I got teased!
Finally, June 9th, I planted one of three bags in the front door planter. And they were already sprouting. Since I put them in the dirt, they seem to be doing really well! If itâ€™s dry this weekend, Iâ€™ll plant the other two packages in smaller planters in the back yard.
Itâ€™s now only June 17, and there are visible changes even from just yesterday. Follow the progress of my #GreenThumbAdv on Instagram. Iâ€™m excited and optimistic about the outcome. I wouldnâ€™t do this, if I didnâ€™t think I could make it work, eventually.
I donâ€™t want to be Mary May Quite Contrary, with silver bells and cockle shellsâ€¦ Just a few simple, easy, and low maintenance flowers blooming around the house, and yard will do just fine.
Do you have a green thumb? What are your tricks, and secrets to making your garden grow?