Monday, August 29, 2011

I am a plant killer

I have done something I thought was impossible. Growing up, my mom always had tons of plants on the kitchen window sill. She has the most amazingly green thumb; no plant in her house ever dies. EVER.

Every Mother's Day, she would get a new geranium from the Young Woman at church. And they always lived. For decades. And bloomed year-round.

This is the first year I've received a geranium for Mother's Day. And I've killed it. Amazingly, the plant next to it was also received at a church function (Relief Society lunch in March or April), but it's thrived. Apparently, it needs much less attention, water, sun, and personalized care than a geranium.

You can't tell from this picture, but the geranium used to have two main stems, and now one of them is black and limp. I can't tell if it's from over-watering or some other plant no-no I did. I do much better with plants in large plots of land that I can water with the automatic sprinkler system. We are currently watching two enormous pumpkins trying to out-do each other in size. It's going to be a fun Halloween, just not for the geranium.


miss kristen said...

Don't be too hard on yourself, I killed basil. BASIL!

Apparently my dad's green thumb skipped me.

Most Happy Girl said...

Oh, I've killed basil. About the only thing I haven't killed is this plant and the one at my desk at work that only needs to be water once a month.

I would love to have an herb garden. I just don't think I would be able to keep any of it alive long enough to harvest it.

Thanks, Kristen!

miss kristen said...

Me too. I watch WAY too much Food Network and they make it look so easy-especially the Barefoot Contessa-man I hate her...


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