Thursday, July 9, 2009

Secret 2 - Mother Nature I Am Not

I love walking thru gorgeous flower gardens. One of my favorite places to go is the Missouri Botanical Gardens. There are different types of gardens to explore like the Japanese Gardens, the Climatron (my personal favorite), even a maze in which to get lost. I also love walking thru my neighbors yards because many of them have waterfalls or rock gardens, or just tons of flowers. They all spend hours making their yards beautiful and something to be proud of. They plant pansies and orchids, they groom their rose bushes, pull the weeds, feed the geraniums. I envy the look of their property.

As much as I love looking at the beautiful landscaping, I hate taking care of my own. I just don't enjoy digging in the dirt, pulling weeds, waging war against aphids and beetles. My mother used to talk about her mothers flowers and how gorgeous they were...but I don't really remember many flowers around our own house. She mainly talked about her moms African violets. Apparently my grandma was a whiz growing them. I figured maybe I'd have the knack too.

I was wrong.
Here is my latest African violet. Not very pretty, but not dead yet. I thought about sharing my wine with  this little violet, but I figured I'd just drink it instead.

The amazing thing is the fact that I can grow weeds like nobody's business:
Crap.

9 comments:

otin said...

I love the Climaxtron, oh you said Climatron, sorry! LOL!

Cyndy said...

When it comes to gardening, I am all thumbs and none of them are green!

spudballoo said...

Wahh hilarious, I'm pretty much the same. I love plants and flowers, and love our garden - luckily it's very mature and kind of wild so I can't do too much damage, mostly neglect. I can kill house plants in a matter of hours.

Great secret. x

Optimistic Pessimist said...

what you grow weed now? Wow that's quite a bold secret to be sharing online!

McGillicutty said...

Good Lord!! Your weeds look like mine and I moved to fake plants inside a long time ago!!!

iasa said...

They aren't weeds, they are are non traditional house plants.

rxBambi said...

Otin: Just wait til you see my next post :)

Cyndy: only my weed thumbs are green the rest? forgeddaboutit

Spud: I would love a wild garden that I could neglect. Wait, that's what I have already...

OP: I'm kinda crazy like that, kinda fits with my whole pharmacy thing I think...

Ali: Shhhh, I have fake plants too...

Iasa: Good point! I never thought of it that way :)

Laurie in Maine said...

Grandma would have taken the poor AV out of the cellophane wrapping & changed the crappy potting soil it came with when she got it ;) Just saying!! [grins]

Make her proud: repot the poor dear...the AV...not grandma!! Take off all the dead blooms & crappy outer leaves; take scissors and cut off a third of the rootball and give it some fresh potting soil and a clean plant pot. Keep it back out from the sunny window at least for a while unless there's a curtain between. (East/ morning sun windows would be best.)

Laurie in Maine said...

P.S. Water at least once a week... whether you feel like it or not!