My mom and two of my sisters have gardens growing in their backyard successfully (Um, I have a crazy mushroom sprouting through the cracked dirt in mine, does that count?). My dad can keep his lawn lush and green for 50 weeks out of the year (thank goodness I've got an HOA to keep my grass perfect). Clearly, I have not yet learned to take advantage of my green thumb (I'm not willing to admit I don't have one) because I'm over here struggling to keep my few little house plants alive.
Okay, so only the trooper on the left is still really alive (we're going on 8 months with this one - a record!). The money tree died within two weeks (is that a bad sign?). And the one on the bottom right used to be really green and cute, until this weekend when I noticed it was wilting. I put it on the porch and it shriveled within an hour (thank you Arizona sun).
As a result of my failed endeavors, I've found myself wondering the following:
1. Should I resort to fake plants? (I don't think I can bring myself to do this)
2. How am I ever going to take care of a child if I can't keep a plant alive? (note to self: do not leave one unattended in the sun for an hour)
3. Is there something deadly in our air? (hmm, this could explain why Clint is really sick today)
4. If this sun can kill a plant in an hour, what is it doing to my skin? (don't answer that)
5. What's the secret to keeping plants alive? Anyone? (this is the real question)
Monday, July 7, 2008