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Monday, June 18, 2007

Plant-killer


I try each year to plant a flower garden and the same thing happens.

Everything dies.

So, this year again, I have a couple of flats of petunias, and I'm going to try like hell to get them in the dirt and keep them alive. We'll see how it goes.

Do you garden? Flowers or vegetables? Are you good at it? If so, where does the magic come from?

9 Comments:

  • At 11:18 AM, Blogger Lucy said…

    I think it was the first year I was in my house I designated an area of my yard for vegetables and rose bushes. Neither survived beyond the one season (vegetables not at all but at least I got a few gorgeous roses).

    Every year since then I say I'm going to try again but I haven't so far (I wait until too late in the season).

    Good luck with your plants. :~)

     
  • At 1:05 PM, Blogger Aura said…

    I do pretty well with plants. Actually, most people in my family can garden. I have 3 pineapples growing in my mom's back yard that came from just the tops of a few pineapples that we bought at the store. *looks at thumb* Not sure where the magic comes from, but I suggest that you water often. Water everytime the soil gets dry around the base. Don't over water, but don't under water either. Just keep an eye on the soil and it should do fine. :) Good luck!

     
  • At 2:53 PM, Blogger Honey said…

    Ooh, Ooh, can I help plant? Pleeeeeeeease? Can I can I can I? I love gardening, but since we're moving, I didn't get a chance to do a real job with my own yard this year.

    I've learned the value of looking to see if plants thrive in sand or clay, full sun or partial, in addition to the watering thing.

     
  • At 3:22 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    Lucy, I'm SO glad I'm not the only one who lacks a green thumb. LOL.

    A, I envy you! Pineapples - how cool! I'll keep in mind the watering advice.

    Honey, YES! I was going to put them in tonight, but I'll save them for you. You'll probably wish you hadn't offered. LOL.

     
  • At 11:30 AM, Blogger KimAmburn said…

    You aren't alone. I'm hit and miss with plants. I try hard, but I just don't seem to have the knack. Maybe aura and honey can give us some pointers!

     
  • At 10:49 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    They're still sitting in the flats. Poor petunias. Maybe tomorrow I'll plant them. LOL.

     
  • At 5:56 PM, Anonymous Viv said…

    Dh says I have a black thumb. :) If it isn't hearty enough for extreme conditions of drought (Hmm... have I watered it this week?), over watering (since I missed the last two weeks, it really needs a good soak), over fertilizing (hmm... that's a strange color for the leaves, maybe this will do the trick)... Then it won't make it in my yard.

    Happy gardening! Don't worry, I don't think I'm contagious. :)

     
  • At 10:00 PM, Anonymous Dawna said…

    Ellen, I like to garden too. For me, it's all about instant gratification. Make neat rows, deposit plants, and instant happiness ensues :)

    I have a gorgeous plant in my office I bought at the grocery store about six months ago. The poor thing had had a hard shelf life, but it begged me to buy it. It is big and beautiful now despite my neglect. I have to say, the poor thing listens to me talk to myself all day, so maybe that's why it's thriving. Don't be discouraged, Ellen. The magic will happen!

     
  • At 3:12 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    It's so interesting to hear about your different "thumbs." The petunias are still sitting there waiting to be planted. They must feel like they're in purgatory...

     

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