I WANT A GREEN THUMB
I love flowers. I would love to have a garden of beautiful flowers, but I don’t want to put in the hard work. Yes, I realize I’m pretty lazy. My mother-in-law has a beautiful garden (she also works at a local florist shop), and I’m pretty sure she spends a lot of time working on the flowers that surround her house. Sometimes, I think: “Maybe I am capable of taking care of a plant.” But then I realize I’ve never been able to keep a plant alive. One: I either water the plant too much or forget to water it. Two: I have two cats who will either knock the plant over or try to eat it. And aren’t a lot of plants poisonous to cats? I love my cats too much to keep plants in my place.
I envy my sister, Becky, who has a beautiful green thumb. I believe she graduated from college with a degree in horticulture and also spent many summers working at an area nursery. At one point, she had a garden and a greenhouse. She grew tomatoes and other vegetables that I can’t remember. She doesn’t mind spending hours outside. She doesn’t mind the bugs or the hard work. I don’t like bugs. I don’t like spending a lot of time in the hot sun — it makes me cranky.
Sometimes I’m tempted to start a tiny little garden whenever I see one of those “boxed” gardens — hanging plants upside down or something. But then reality hits me with a baseball bat: “Hello, Jenn, you’re lazy and really, really, really impatient.” Do I really want to wait six to eight weeks or more to see any results? Not really. Patience not one of my best characteristics.
Now that the weather is finally warming up, numerous commercials about potting soil, flower and plant seeds, and other various gardening tools are all over the TV. I see a pretty flower in a pot, and I think, “Maybe I can raise a ONE flower in a pot. How hard can that be?” Planting a flower in one pot is a baby step, right? A step in the right direction? What I should do is buy a ready-made flower pot — a tiny pot with flower seeds and dirt. I think Target sells them for $1. I can afford that, AND I can read directions — so how hard can it be?
Maybe next time I’m at Target I’ll pick up one of the easy-to-grow flower pots. What’s the worst that can happen? The flower doesn’t grow? I forget to water the tiny little thing? I drown the flower? I’m out $1. When the project epically fails, then my “need” to grow things will go away. Or make me more determined to grow something. Hmmmmmm. I might have to rethink this brilliant plan.
I know I’m not ready for an outside garden — dealing with bugs the biggest reason. I was admiring one of mother-in-law’s flowers, and ants were crawling all over the little buds. I didn’t freak out at the ants, thinking the little buggers were there for a reason. I’m not completely dumb when it comes to gardening. Plus, I don’t have my own yard — a key component to growing a garden.
Anyway, with the warmer weather, I’m seeing more and more beautiful flowers and I can’t wait to take pictures of all the pretty flowers. And you can definitely bet that I will post my beautiful finds on my blog. 🙂
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