Friday, June 29, 2012

My Green Thumb

I think there are two kinds of green thumbs:


When it comes to inside, in all my life, I’ve been able to keep one sad little plant alive that my grandma gave me. I’ve wavered back and forth as to whether I even want to keep the thing going. It suffers so badly under my care. Inside I’d consider myself to have a black thumb.

Now, head to the outside and I’m whistlin’ Dixie!! I started flower gardening about 16 yrs ago when I lived in Washington. My roommate let me dig up a garden in front of the house one year and I’ve never looked back.

I’m a perennial gardener. I like a few annuals, but I hate spending money on the same plants every year. I’ve added to the list of my perennial flowers every year. This year I planted two more peonies.

peony opening peony inside

new peonyOh how I heart those flowers!!

I’m also an occasional vegetable gardener. I don’t feel like I have as much time to dedicate to them anymore. I plant something every year just in case I find time to weed and do some upkeep. This year…I’m pretty sure in the month I’ve had them, nothing has grown! I’ve got peppers, tomatoes and squash. Oh, and Doodle brought home a cabbage plant from school.

IMG_3494 Come on little tomato plant you can do it!!

Behind the veggies are my June bearing strawberries that tanked this year. Bunnies and birds got to them before me and they were super small this year. The raspberries at the end of the garden are looking more promising!! We’ll see how it goes by the end of July!

My son’s cabbage plant no one will eat…ever

And let’s be honest here. The main reason I’m a pretty green thumb outside? The plants pretty much take care of themselves. I do deadhead and weed. In fact, I love weeding. It’s relaxing and a great way to work through any frustrations!

Do you have a green thumb? What do you like to grow (or kill)?

Mama’s Losin’ It


Writing Prompts:

1.) Share what you were blogging about last year at this time…what has changed?

2.) What do childhood rhymes even mean?  Write something that includes a rhyme you used to sing or say when you were a child. (inspired by

3.) Do you have a green thumb? Tell us what kind of gardener you are!

4.) This one time I was sleeping and…

5.) List the 6 best things about being an adult.


Zombiemommy said...

What kind of gardener am I? A terrible one, unfortunately. The few times I have gotten seed, I ultimately allowed mother nature to win.

Georgia in the summer equals not a lot of rain. So if you want your summer garden to rise, you must add water. Vegetables are kinda particular about that one.

Luckily mint thrives in harsh conditions, so it's the only thing growing around here.

Liz said...

Nothing is growing in this drought. The only thing still alive is my indoor Christmas cactus!

Unknown said...

Do weeds count? I've been meaning to start a garden, but keep coming up with excuses.

Sage Adderley-Knox said...

I think I have a light green thumb, ha! I can grow things and my tiny veggie garden is doing okay but I have a lot to learn. I have been known to kill a plant or two in my day. I'm trying to be better though! :)

Beloved said...

I LOVE the prompts cool. I just might borrow it...
Do you have a green thumb? Tell us what kind of gardener you are!
I FINALLY mastered orchids (my mom's house is full of them) and I actually blogged about the first one to bloom. Outside I have 3 varieties of tomatoes (grape, yellow beefsteak and green tiger striped heirloom), basil, oregano, thyme and fruit trees. However, I am coveting your peonies. I love them and am desiring to plant some. I've heard that cannot be transplanted. My BFF has some in her yard to giveaway...
Any thoughts?
Peace and good (and gorgeous blooms).

Carolyn M said...

I have a great green thumb! I love reg. gardening, container gardening and indoor plants and flowers! There's just something about working with the soil that makes me really happy and eating the fruits of our labor! :o) Have a great weekend!

Unknown said...

My flower beds look pretty good but my veggies are sad :( It has been very cool in Oregon not much sunshine. I am hoping for a change soon have my fingers crossed.
Victoria @Easy2SaveBlog

Clancy Cash Harrison MS, RD, LDN said...

You can mail me the cabbage!!! Fresh raw young cabbage is the best.....just slice thin and add to any salad or lightly steam with some butter, salt and pepper...yummy!

Alesha @ Full Time Mama said...

You did a great job! That cabbage would make some tasty cole slaw! :)
It got so hot so fast here that our entire garden pretty much tanked just as things were starting to sprout... Corn, GONE. Squash, GONE. Green beans, GONE. Snap peas, GONE. :( The only thing we really got was tomatoes. Too bad I dont like them! LOL!

Amanda said...

I am the same way - stuff inside never lives, but my vegetable garden thrives!

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

I have two plants that my stepMIL gave me when my children were born. I think they are philodenren and they are the ONLY house plants I've ever been able to keep alive. I kill everything else.

I love to plant outdoors and have slightly better success. I plant a vegetable garden every year, but down here we have more bugs than I ever dealt with up north and it is taking me time to figure out how to combat them. So far so good this year *knock on wood*

VictoriaKP said...

I'm the same way. Indoor plants are doomed under my care. But I can usually keep outdoor plants alive.

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